One day the disciples requested of Jesus: “Teach us to pray.” Jesus responded by giving them—and us—a marvelous model of prayer. What is so powerful about the Lord’s Prayer, as it is known, is its utter simplicity.
Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored. May your kingdom come soon. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food for today, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Matthew 6:9-13
The key to prayer is to start simply and quietly. That’s the idea behind Jesus’ model prayer. We need a touchstone, a place to start. Then, as we get to know God better, we will feel comfortable sharing the most intimate details of our lives with Him.
If the Bible is God talking to us, then prayer is us talking to God. It’s the primary way of connecting to the infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God. Edward Ferrell wrote that “without prayer, there is no way, no truth, no life.” Without prayer, you can never get close to God.
Try it. Start small. Start with the small stuff in your life. Talk to God about it in a quiet, isolated place where your self-consciousness isn’t an issue. As you continue daily, your capacity for prayer will grow larger. That’s because prayer is like a muscle. If you exercise it regularly, your prayer muscle will gain strength and your appreciation for God will grow immeasurably. On the other hand, if you don’t use it, your prayer muscle will shrivel up and your capacity for God will shrink. And in those times of crisis when you suddenly feel compelled to pray, it will likely be a painful experience.
The good news is that God doesn’t put conditions on your prayer life. His feelings don’t get hurt when you don’t pray. But when you do, He connects with you in a powerful way. Try it today. Try it right now. Talk to God. He’s listening.
Source: God is in the Small Stuff By Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz