Teach Us to Pray

How often do you pray? Do you pray with your eyes closed? Do you pray before meals? What about when you order a meal from a restaurant, or when dining alone? Do you pray before consuming a snack? Do you pray when you get up in the morning? When you go to bed at night? Do you pray when you hear the siren of an emergency vehicle? Then, there are the questions of how and what do you pray?

My questions about prayer have no end. Which reminds me, Paul instructs that it is God’s will for us to, “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). There is a connection between joy, praying, and being thankful.

Pastor Alan Rhein, First United Methodist, Carbondale recently wrote about prayer. Allow me to share a few of his insights. There is no “magic” or “extra special power” when a pastor prays for a person. God hears and answers prayers with the same urgency when any of us pray. Prayer is not a “trick” we work out with God to get what we want. Instead, prayer should be a conversation with God, which provides inner strength to deal with the trial at hand. Prayer is the foundation of our relationship with God. It is a relationship builder. The most important aspect we often forget about God is that God is listening! Just to know that God hears me and cares about me is often enough to get me through the immediate challenge.

I am inviting you to join me in a 7-week Bible study on “How to Pray” beginning 9 a.m. Sunday, October 14. All nine adult and two youth small groups will study this topic.

Our Small group leaders are passionate about teaching and facilitating the discussion each week. They are prepared and arrive by 8:45 a.m. each Sunday. You may choose almost any adult group to attend. The list of classes is available at the Hospitality Center or just call the office. If you are unsure about which class is for you, attend several.

Prayer tip:  If you are praying and driving, please keep your eyes OPEN!

We Labor Together with God, Wes

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