Last Sunday as part of Brookside Church's "Heard" series, co-lead pastor Jeff Dart tackled the question, "Why Pray?" His short answer was this: We pray because of who God is, who we are, and the relationship that prayer invites us into. (To access the full sermon, click here and find the sermon preached on December 7, 2014).
In other words? Prayer is important. It's the communication that helps cultivate a full-orbed relationship with a Christian's heavenly Father. But prayer can also be difficult. After all, for some (many?), a rich prayer life doesn't come naturally. Therefore, prayer must be learned.
For those wanting to learn to pray, the best place to start is by actually praying -don't wait till you feel like you're an expert before you take initial steps of application. (Nothing works that way, right?) Read the Psalms (kind of like a prayer book to God, in lots of ways), and spend lots of time reading and reflecting on Jesus' teaching on prayer in Matthew 6:5-13.
But there are also lots of great resources that can help you learn to pray. When people ask me for recommendations on prayer, here are the five books I point them towards first:
What are the most helpful lessons you've learned on prayer? Any especially helpful books or resources on this topic?
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