“How do I pray?” Sometimes people ask me this question. The best response to the question, “How do I pray?” may be to ask the question, “What is prayer?” Prayer is a conversation with God. Sometimes we talk and sometimes we listen. In silence, we might reflect on a few verses of Scripture and apply them to our lives today.
Prayer is more than just getting what we want from God. At times, prayer is approaching God like a child and pleading for whatever we need. Eventually, as we pray more often, we ask differently. We learn that prayer is discovering more about God.
For me, the ultimate prayer is simply to say “thank you” to God. Daily, I want to thank God for every good gift. I thank God for God’s faithfulness to me. Through prayer, we learn that God is our Good Shepherd.
One day, the disciples of Jesus, said, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Jesus told them, “When you pray, say:
‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name. Bring in your kingdom. Give us the bread we need for today. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who has wronged us. And don’t lead us into temptation.’” (Luke:11-1-4 Common English Bible)
- Find a quiet place and be still for a few moments. Take delight in being aware that you are in God’s presence.
- Reflect on the Lord’s Prayer. What line of the Lord’s Prayer speaks to you most clearly today? What portion of the prayer confuses you.
- How would you describe prayer?