How to Pray: Be Still

Let’s go deeper into the subject of how to pray.  In my last post I suggested four steps to help us enter into prayer.  I’d like to explore each of these in more detail in the next few posts.

As we enter into prayer, we first choose to be still.  “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).  That beautiful verse from Psalm 46 is the starting point for prayer; and the verse takes on even more significance as we approach Christmas.

For the next several days, traffic will be crazy and people will be running around finishing their Christmas preparations.  I’ve always found it ironic that this time of year which ought to be the most peaceful–the time that we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace–is actually the most hectic.  But in order to truly prepare for Christmas, we must allow our hearts and minds to be still. Read more »

How to Pray

“Master, teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1).  After being in the company of Jesus, listening to His words, witnessing His healings, and seeing His deep relationship with His Heavenly Father, the Apostles longed to know how to pray as Jesus prayed.  They were attracted by His holiness and His peace.

We, too, long to know God in a deeper way.  As Jesus shares the most intimate relationship with His Father, we too desire to share that intimacy with God.  Prayer is the way to God.

But how to pray?  Can we learn how to pray?  Can we really have an intimate relationship with God? The answer is, “Yes!”  Not only can we have an intimate relationship with God; God desires that we be in an intimate friendship with Him.

So, whether you are just learning how to pray, or you want to deepen your life of prayer, here are four steps to guide you along the path of prayer: Read more »

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