Learning how to pray

2 Chronicals 6:14 “Solomon stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven, He said, O, Lord, GOD of Israel, there is no GOD like you in heaven or on earth, you who keep your covenant of love with your servants…”

Luke 11:1-4 “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he was finished, one of his disciples said to him, Lord. Teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples. He said to them, when you pray say, Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Solomon asked for wisdom. Solomon a son of David was made ruler over all of what David his father had been given by GOD. And when he was made ruler he prayed to GOD and asked GOD for wisdom. And GOD said to Solomon: 2 Chronicles 1:11-12 “GOD said to Solomon, Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given to you.”

In 2 Chronicles 6:12-42 Solomon is giving the prayer of dedication of the temple. He is kneeling in front of all of the people and leading them in a prayer to their GOD. Jesus in Luke 11 was praying and one of his disciples said to him, please Lord, teach me to pray.

How do we learn to pray? From whom do we learn to pray? Solomon’s prayer to GOD in front of his people contains all of the points in his prayer that Jesus gave to his disciples in his prayer. Both of them are teaching others how to pray to GOD. Solomon’s prayer takes over two pages and Jesus’s prayer takes barely a paragraph.

It doesn’t matter how we pray, whether our prayer is long or short, happy or sad, done in anger or at peace, screamed out or whispered, said in fear or with determination, guilt, worry, or impatience… it doesn’t matter, as long as we pray.

As Jesus said in Luke 11:9-10 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

I am just learning how to pray and I am finding the more I pray the more I understand that my prayers are becoming my daily bread, they are my daily discussions with a GOD who loves me, who knows what I need before I even ask him, who lets me know that I am a wonderful, beautiful, loving child of GOD.

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit I pray! AMEN!

Jim Dietvorst

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