How We Talk to God
In some ways, prayer is rather intuitive. We talk to God. God hears us. That’s prayer. And in some ways, we’re all pray-ers. Most of us are accustomed to petitioning God when stuck between a particular rock and knobby hard place. All good Christians know they must give the “food prayer.” Goodness, even the most ungodly human being may cry out to God in a moment of panicked distress. It seems to be a ready reaction, built-in to the human psyche.
And more could be said on that, but not here. I am more interested in the normative question: what should prayer be? That is, how should we pray?
“How? What does it matter how?” someone may ask. After all, if prayer is our talking to God, who is all-knowing and all-seeing, then why care about delivery method?
In Luke 11, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray. No doubt we scoff (just a little?) at their childish
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