Rev. David Schmidt
August 1, 2021
Prayer is pretty amazing when you think about it. When we pray, we are talking to God, the Creator of the universe. To think that we can actually communicate with him is incredible. He commands us to pray to him, and that means we matter so much to him that he wants to hear from us. He wants us to lay before him those things that are burdening us. When we pray to God, we are showing him that we trust him.
Yet, many Christians struggle with prayer. We get busy and neglect prayer. Some Christians struggle to come up with the words to pray. Perhaps you do pray regularly but would like to know more. Wherever you are in your prayer life, I would like to offer two resources that will be available in the month of August that I hope will aid you in your prayers.
First, during my Wednesday morning online Facebook devotions starting August 4, I will be looking at specific times in Jesus’ life when he prayed in a series called, “The Prayer Life of Jesus.” As the Son of God, Jesus found his strength in his Father and prayed to him often. If Jesus needed that, how much more do we need to go to our Heavenly Father in prayer?
Second, during my adult bible study on Sunday mornings at 9:00am starting August 15, we will be looking at a short book by Martin Luther called “A Simple Way to Pray.” This is a book that Luther wrote to his barber, Peter, after Peter asked Luther to help him to pray.
Perhaps it sounds strange that we would need instruction on prayer. However, Jesus gave his disciples the Lord’s Prayer after they asked him to teach them to pray. Prayer is a discipline that must be taught and put into practice. I hope that you take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about prayer during the month of August.