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Teach us to Pray


Teach us to Pray

Mike Popenhagen


Luke 11:1 
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.

6 Ways to Pray:

1. Pray what’s on your heart and mind

1 Peter 5:6-7
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 

2.  Use the Lord’s Pray as template

Luke 11:2-4
So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
5 And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” 

3. Pray through a Psalm, making it your own prayer

Psalms to pray:
Ps 23, 46, 51, 91, 139

4. Practice silence and meditation

Psalms 1:1-3
Blessed is the one… whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

5. Attempt praying short prayers every 60 minutes

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  
Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

6. Pray with others

Acts 1:14
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.