Training

An interesting question my wife posed the other day has me thinking.

Why do churches and other believers not spend more time in teaching not just what prayer is, but rather how to pray?

I’m not talking about your conventional routine prayers

There are even catchy acronyms for Christians to follow: PRAY (Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield), ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication), FACTS (Faith, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication, and others.

These guidelines show what we should pray and can even guide how we approach prayer, but how do you go about teaching someone how to pray?

How can you convey through words how to approach an omniscient God and not just focus on what you feel led to tell Him, but rather how to reciprocate and allow prayer to become that two-way conversation?

Considering that prayer is a spiritual discipline, it requires training and instruction.

Why aren’t churches stepping into this void and teaching people not just what to pray, but rather how to pray?

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  1. Your wife is a wise woman. I completely agree with you about the church stepping into teach “how” to pray – but the best known example can be found in the Bible itself – if we seek the scriptures diligently. Below are some links from my blog – Hidden Treasures – on prayer protocol and Jesus’ prayer – for your reading pleasure. God bless.
    http://thepauls.wordpress.com/2011/02/16/prayer-protocol/
    http://thepauls.wordpress.com/category/christian/jesus-prayer-christian/

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