Teach Us How to Pray
I had a parishioner ask me the other day for a class on how to pray. While I think that is a legitimate request, I asked her if she was looking for something specific? There are as many ways to pray as there are pray-ers and there is no “right” or “wrong” way to pray. Prayer is two-way communication with the One who loves us beyond all words and understanding. God is Holy and receptive to our needs and wants us to be receptive in return. Just like a conversation with a dear friend, prayer works well when we listen as much if not more than we speak. God has much to say if we take the time to pay attention. Jesus didn’t teach his disciples a long and wordy prayer – the Lord’s Prayer is rather short and to the point but it does call us to trust that God knows what God is doing and calls us to participate in the kingdom work – sharing the good news of God’s grace and extravagant love in a world desperate to hear it.
God, you hear our prayers – call us into the silence to hear what you have to say in return. Amen
Patti Axel is the pastor of Nativity Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, GA.
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