Posted by: Brian Musser | December 7, 2012

Learning to Pray

When the Disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray his response was to pray.  Although there are some things you can learn about prayer from a text book or a class the best way to learn about prayer is to pray.  The second best way to learn about prayer is to listen to someone else pray.  Prayer is something you learn by doing.  Prayer is something you learn by participation.  Prayer is something you learn by practicing.

There are many great books on prayer.  My favorite would probably be:

  1. Prayer – Richard Foster
  2. The Complete works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer
  3. The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
  4. With Christ in the School of Prayer – Andrew Murray
  5. The Imitation of Christ – Thomas á Kempis

What are your favorites?

But you could read every single one of these books on prayer and not understand anything about prayer.  Since prayer is so simple but so important it should be vital to develop a robust prayer life.  Since prayer is learned through doing it is imperative we provide opportunities and encouragements to pray.  We should pray by ourselves and with others.  When was the last time you worked on developing your prayer life?  When was the last time you prayed with others?  When was the last time you had a gathering that was entirely devoted to prayer?  Who do you think could help you to learn to pray better?  Who could you help to learn to prayer better?

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