"Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). That request by one of the disciples is a constant reminder that prayer is a faith practice I constantly am learning. (See also 'Be the prayer.')
I was raised in a family rooted in Lutheran piety and was taught at a very young age how to pray — quietly to myself, openly with family members, publicly in worship. Prayer was as much a part of our daily life as eating and sleeping. Although I was sometimes impatient and restless, I am ever thankful to God for parents, grandparents and siblings who prayed and taught me to pray.
I continue to grow in the practice of prayer. As an extrovert who finds it easier to pray with others, I have learned to appreciate my annual retreat with other heads of denominations at which we are in silent prayer for 24 hours.
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