Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Learning To Pray

Learning to Pray

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:6 

The season leading up to Easter calls  us to pray. But prayer, Jesus teaches, is much more than saying words. He said, “go into your room, and close the door and pray to your Father in secret.” Before you pray, enter the inner room of your heart. Shut the door to the noise, the trivialities, the countless cares grabbing for your attention. Put them all aside. In the quiet place of your heart, with faith as your guide, speak to God. A gracious Father listens, and he knows what you need.
Discipline in prayer isn’t so much prompted by a sense of duty, but by a desire to connect and grow in intimacy and communion with our loving God.
For those who have stopped praying, or pray with little fervor, God’s grace invites us to begin again without guilt or judgment.  Now is a great time to establish a personal rhythm of prayer. Set aside a few moments each day for prayer.

Reflection: What does your present rhythm of praying look like? Has it become marginalized to the extremity of your life? What would it look like to bring it back to a more central place? How can you practically take steps toward this becoming a reality over the next couple of weeks?  Prayer is not a duty-rather a privileged opportunity to connect with our awesome God! 

Your pastor and partner in ministry,


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