Introduction – Seven Steps for Better Prayer

by | Jun 23, 2018

Introduction – Seven Steps for Better Prayer

by | Jun 23, 2018

Prayer is like eating. We need to eat, but if we don’t plan what we’re going to eat, we end up eating junk. We need to pray, but if we don’t plan our prayer, we end up praying junk.

Think about it. How do you decide what you’re going to eat for dinner every night? I have an incredible wife who cooks dinner almost every night that we’re home, and she plans a menu out in advance so we always something good that’s good for us. When Cyndi’s gone, and I’m Mr. Mom, things go down a few notches. It might be hot dogs or nachos or chili and rice for dinner. There will be some carrots on the plate, probably some apples too, but it’s not going to be gourmet.

Then when Cyndi and the kids are all gone, and I’m at home by myself, I don’t even think about dinner until my stomach starts growling. “It’s 6:30. I’m hungry. What am I going to eat for dinner?” That’s when I end up eating whatever frozen thing is in the freezer, or I stop at whatever fast-food place is closest to where I happen to be at that moment.

If you don’t plan what you’re going to eat for dinner, you always just go down the path of least resistance. The fastest, or the cheapest, or the most convenient. When you don’t plan your dinner, you eat junk. And that’s exactly what happens with prayer.

We get up in the morning and try to spend some time in prayer, but we’re never prepared for it. We think we can just wing it. But we don’t know where to go, we don’t know what to pray for. And so we just end up saying the same things we said the day before, and 3 or 4 minutes later, we’re all pau. We’ve run out of things to say. We think that prayer should be free, and spontaneous, and flowing, but instead we just keep falling back into the same old rut of meaningless Christianese phrases.

If we want to grow in prayerfulness, we need to plan for it. We need to prepare our hearts and minds for it. We need to practice it, and expect that we’ll get better at it over time. And so this week, we’re going to learn how to do that, and we’re going to learn from Paul. We’re going to explore one of his prayers, and see how learned to be a better pray-er.

Start praying now for God to increase your prayerfulness.

 

 

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