We have been clearly instructed, commanded to pray. Christ shows us how to execute prayer and provides us with such freedom that we ought not delay with any excuse not to pray. To start, learning how to pray, what to pray, with whom to pray and when can be challenging waters to cross. Never-the-less, there's a verse for that. Christ's love for us will lead us as we allow access to and for our hearts and minds to be transformed to his image. In Matt 6: 5-15 Christ taught;
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray:
“ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ “
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.“
The Secret Power in Prayer
The secret power in prayer by Charles Spurgeon is a notable guide for us to reflect on regarding our own prayer life, purposes and motives in prayer as well as, address our expectations regarding the outcome and timing of these beseachings.
A humble prayer offered by John Eldredge that digs deep in addressing mind, body and spirit to break chains (through the help of the Holy Spirit) to clear the fog that cloud's or seeing and hearing the Father.
John Piper, rightfully, challenges our concept and practice of prayer and specifically, our literal devotion to prayer. Relevant clarity to bring us closer to living the life that we are called to.