The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Learn how to pray

It was the radiance of Jesus while praying that prompted the disciples to ask him to teach them how to pray. How to pray is a deeper quest than it appears. Many Christians ask the same question today either out of a genuine desire for conversing with God or to learn the technique of capturing God's attention to meet their needs.

Jesus teaches all disciples: "But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. ...When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases ..." (Matthew 6:5-13).

Although God is everywhere, our souls need a suitable place to feel the Creator's undisturbed presence — a place to listen to God's voice. Prayer is listening to God, seeing God face-to-face. Prayer is as integral to humans as water is to fish and air is to birds. It is not so much taught as caught.

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