Lets’ face it, most of us do not pray as much as much as we think we should. Sometimes even when we do pray is seems to be ineffective. That the sounds of our voice, if we were brave enough to vocalize our prayer did not go any further than the room we were in. We feel like we ought to pray, that is after all what good Christians do, but we don’t and either feel guilty about it or frustrated or both. Perhaps the biggest hindrance to our prayers is that we just simply do not know how to pray.
Prayer can be learned. Jesus’ disciples approached him, the men handpicked by him to be invested in by him, chosen to travel with him, minister with him and become the leaders of the Christian movement elected one of them to go to him and say “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
Collect this scene in your mind. They saw John the baptizer’s disciples praying and thought to themselves “wait a minute, John said himself that he was unworthy to untie Jesus sandals and yet his disciples know how to pray and we don’t. Something’s not right with this.” So they went to Jesus and He answered them by teaching them, and all who follow in their footsteps to pray.
Interestingly Jesus did not scold them. Many times he scolded them for their lack of faith but here in something that seems so basic He did not scold them but answered. Ask Jesus to teach you to pray, seek Him in the word to see what the Lord has to say about prayer, knock at the door to heaven with your prayers.