“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
With some 650 prayers recorded for us in the Bible, we have a treasured collection that can help us learn to pray. But even when we do not have those prayers at hand or hidden in our hearts, we can talk to God. In The Journey Study Series booklet called “Learning to Pray” (2007), Billy Graham speaks about what prayer is. “Our relationship with God involves communication—not just an occasional brief chat, but a deep sharing of ourselves and our concerns with God. In the Bible God speaks to us; in prayer we speak to God. Both are essential—and both are gifts God has given us so we can know Him. He has given us the privilege of prayer because He loves us and wants our fellowship.”
Recently deceased author and editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling, David Powlison said that “prayer is meant to be the conversation where your life and your God meet” (2009). Do you long to experience prayer like that? Your heavenly Father is listening and welcoming you into conversation with Him. Never is He weary of hearing you call out to Him.
The Bible is filled with many kinds of prayers. Read through them and see how words spoken centuries ago still are fitting for your life today.
Bible In A Year
- Jeremiah 43-44
- Psalm 123
- 2 Corinthians 1