Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TEACH US TO PRAY

I recently attended the president's Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, along with a couple hundred religious leaders from across the country.  Before breakfast, a seventy-six-year-old African-American preacher who served alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement said a prayer.  I could barely hear his words, but his faith was loud and clear.  He prayed with such a familiarity with the Father that it was convicting.  It's like his words were deep-fried in the faithfulness of God.  After he said amen, I turned to my pastor-friends… and said, "I feel like I've never prayed before."  I felt like he knew God in a way that I didn't, and it challenged me to get closer to God.  I wonder if that's how the disciples felt when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.  His prayers were so qualitatively different that they felt like they had never prayed before.

-- Mark Batterson in The Circle Maker


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