The Gift of Prayer
The Gift of Prayer
A.W. Tozer, the great Christian author and preacher, once said “Praying for the Christian should be like breathing.” In other words, just as breathing is that reflexive response to our need for air, so prayer should be for our spirit’s need for God.
Certainly, Tozer is right, isn’t he? There are many things we can do to put ourselves into God’s very presence, but few are as immediate and effective as a growing life of prayer. And yet, the reality for many people isn’t quite that easy or simple. Methodist pastor James Howell notes that, at times, “prayer is hard… prayer is frustrating.”
Even the most spiritual people go through times when prayer doesn’t come easily, or doesn’t seem to be beneficial. Look at the disciples of Jesus. Growing up as Jews, they had been praying all their lives; and still they came to Jesus one day and pleaded “Lord, teach us to pray.” Jesus’ response was to give them a model prayer, which is what we know as The Lord’s Prayer.
So, how is your prayer life? Are you satisfied? Are you getting the benefits you desire from prayer? Are you growing in your relationship with Christ through prayer? Or do you find yourself longing for more? The good news, according to Howell, is that we can learn to pray; we can learn “to discover the fullness of prayer.”
That is our goal for the season of Lent, beginning on February 14, and going through Easter Sunday, as we explore the fullness of prayer through a series of messages based on The Lord’s Prayer. This series will focus on the different aspects of prayer (adoration, intercession, petition, thanksgiving, and more); what a growing prayer life can do for us, our church, and for others; and finally, the joy and power of a fruitful rela- tionship with Jesus Christ.
Join us on Sunday mornings as we strive to grow together in prayer.
In the love of Christ,