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Getting in the Habit of Prayer

What is the next step you’ll take to grow in your prayerfulness?

A few weeks ago we finished a seven-week series on the Lord’s Prayer. One of the truths I discovered in preparing these sermons is that prayer, and, in particular, the way we pray, shapes us. To pray as Jesus instructs us reworks our vision of the world, so that we come to see God as central. It redirects our longing, turning our hopes toward Christ’s kingdom coming in fullness. By it we live into the reality that we are dependent creatures, looking to God for life, forgiveness, and strength to do his will. Prayer transforms us.

My hope is that meditating together on the Lord’s Prayer has helped you in your personal prayers, both motivating you to pray and giving you direction on how to pray. I know that the process has shaped me.

And now I’d like to encourage many of you to take another step—the step of getting into a habit of prayer. In my experience, prayer is a bit like exercise, or like spending “quality time” with family members—that is, it rarely happens accidentally. Unless we make choices as to when, where, and how we will pray on a regular basis, unless we proactively pursue a habit of prayer, we will find ourselves frustrated by the feeling that we are constantly failing to do something that is importan