'... Lord, teach us to pray...' Luke 11:1 NKJ
One person can be crazy joyful for a friend who'd go on Australia's Got Talent dressed up as tulip. Another feels like hiding out behind their knees and twitching with a #awkward.
Turns out we're all different (who knew?!) So then it's good news that God values all types of people and all types of people's prayers. Most importantly He relates to us all in the way that meets each of us. Do you ever feel like you don't know how to pray? Do you spend a lot of time listening to other people pray and then try to pray like them? Well, although there are some principles of prayer that apply to everyone, God will lead each of us individually. He wants to take you just the way you are, and help you discover your own rhythm of prayer. He wants you to develop a style of prayer that maximises your relationship with Him.
Prayer isn't ordering a take-away from Heaven, expecting what we pray for to drop out of the sky in a stay-warm box with extra mozzarella. It's not a lamp that needs to be rubbed for the genie to come out and grant us some wishes. It's a chat with God, the original heart-to-heart, which includes taking the time to also hear what He wants to say to you. A really good place to start is to simply ask Him, just as the disciples did, 'Lord, teach me to pray.'
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia.
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