Lord, Teach Us to Pray

man's praying handsHe was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1

Tips on Prayer:

  • Use prayer as worship and praise
  • Use prayer as a conversation with God
  • Use prayer as thoughts or words for those going through a difficult time
  • Use prayer as a celebration of life and the good things you see happening in this all too often cruel world
  • Use prayer as thanksgiving for what has been and what will be
  • Use prayer as affirmation that God is in control
  • Use prayer as a time to refocus your energies and priorities
  • Use prayer as a time to think outside ourselves
  • Use prayer as a way to open up to the world around us
  • Prayer and Faith help us to see the homeless, the sick, the dying, those out of work, the poor, the hurting, and the hungry.
  • Prayer allows us to see the miracles that happen every day in God’s world (new life of a child, healing and recovery, changing of seasons, a deep breath for someone out of breath, a new life in Christ)

 

Make your prayers specific about a person or ministry and watch what God can do:

  • Pastors and other church workers, whether paid or volunteer
  • Pastors Jeff, Paul, Claire, Sandy, Lette; Paul Dean; other clergy in our midst
  • P.O.P. Board Members, Foundation Board, and Staff
  • Child, Adult, Family Ministries
  • P.O.P. Mission Outpost and our partnership with the Salvation Army
  • The Sunday morning bus drivers for the Senior Adults
  • P.O.P. Mega Sale
  • Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Our sisters and brothers in Tanzania, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere around the world
  • Ushers and Communion Servers
  • Those on the prayer lists in the Take-It-Home Tools (pray through the names even if you don’t know them personally)
  • Other people and ministries you know and care about, both near and far

 

Pick a time – it could be anytime – pray at all times and in all places – just remember to pray

Pick a place – it could be anywhere – at home, in your special place – or in your car, on your daily commute, or on your way to the store or an event – waiting in line at the coffee shop or the grocery store

For some time now, I have had the privilege of praying after worship with our disciples and friends over their prayer requests.  There are prayers for illness, recovery, dying, new life, grief, joy, sorrow.  There are prayers for friends, neighbors, and family.

What words do I use for comfort, for understanding, for compassion?  The simplest words are the best.  Those coming for prayer expect me to give some thought to their prayer concern and lift them up and place them in God’s hands for that moment.  In this, I try to emphasize God the Father as healer, the Spirit as going before us in every situation, and Christ as our Savior, Guide, and Friend.  When you pray, speak from your heart, not from your head.  Tell God the Father what is really concerning you.

My prayer for you this day and every day is your safe-keeping by a loving God, who is always in control, even if it does not feel that way.  His peace be with you.  Amen

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