When I was 11 my mother went back to school. As a single mom, she worked all day teaching high school kids then drove straight to night classes to earn her master’s degree. That left me and my sister in charge of cooking dinner. Mom’s solution? A hefty supply of Hamburger Helper’s and Pot Pies. These were a good choice because we knew how to cook them and we certainly didn’t starve living on such a diet but after a while you hunger for a little variety, or even pizzaz in the food you eat. So my sister and I asked mom to buy more variety and teach us how to cook stuff we liked. We changed the way we cooked and that changed the way we ate. Food became more than just sustenance. It became delicious.
Many Christians have a prayer life that sustains them. But is sustenance enough? Could you learn ways to make your prayer life delicious? The same way you can learn a new recipe or discover a new cooking tip, you could learn to share your life with the maker of Heaven and Earth in new and fulfilling ways. I have been doing Bible studies for many years and I can honestly say that the ones that have impacted my faith walk the most are the one that changed the way I pray.
From some books I have discovered new ways to pray for my husband or my kids, others have shown me the need to pray persistently and consistently. And just when I start to think I’m catching on to this prayer thing, I learn to pray more for the Lord’s plans for me not my plans for myself. I see now that I will never be done learning about prayer because I do not ever want to be done finding ways to seek the Lord.
Proverbs 1:5 says, “Let the wise listen and add to their learning.” Surely adding a deeper understanding of prayer to your life would be priceless. Imagine having your prayer life move from the mundane to the extraordinary. Imagine not only having a personal relationship with Christ but a prayer life that brings a sense of peace, power and direction. What if you learned new things to pray for, new ways to approach the Lord and a new understanding of how prayer can restore broken areas of your life?
It’s easy to think of ways you wish your prayer life would improve but what do you do first? First, pray for a hunger to pray. Pray for prayer to not be an afterthought or a repetitive occurrence in your life but a driving force to guide your days, your nights and your every step. Pray to learn more about prayer. Then wait for the sweetness of your Heavenly Father’s response. Amen.