Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Sis. Cheryl Craft

In my reading the other day I came across this article on prayer. I wanted to pass it along to the readers of this website. It is written by Oswald Chambers and can be found

In his daily devotional called: My Utmost for His Highest.

I always want to remember that when I seek the Lord, He is near and it doesn’t matter if I “feel” Him or not.  I may feel like I am in a boat being tossed on the stormy sea, but the wonderful thing about our Lord is that He is in the boat with us and hears us when we call to Him. Yes, it is true, ‘ask and you shall receive’, but it is just as wonderful to fellowship with him and talk as friend to friend.

Keep on Praying,

Cheryl Craft

European/Mid Eastern Region

Lord, teach us to pray. Luke 11:1.

It is not part of the life of a natural man to pray. We hear it said that a man will suffer in his life if he does not pray; I question it. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished, not by food, but by prayer. When a man is born from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve that life or nourish it. Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. Our ordinary views of prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible idea of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

“Ask and ye shall receive.” We grouse before God, we are apologetic or apathetic, but we ask very few things. Yet what a splendid audacity a childlike child has! Our Lord says—“Except ye become as little children.” Ask, and God will do. Give Jesus Christ a chance, give Him elbow room, and no man will ever do this unless he is at his wits’ end. When a man is at his wits’ end it is not a cowardly thing to pray, it is the only way he can get into touch with Reality. Be yourself before God and present your problems, the things you know you have come to your wits’ end over. As long as you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.

It is not so true that “prayer changes things” as that prayer changes me and I change things. God has so constituted things that prayer on the basis of Redemption alters the way in which a man looks at things. Prayer is not a question of altering things externally, but of working wonders in a man’s disposition.[1]

Oswald Chambers: My Utmost for His Highest

 BOOK RECOMMENDATION: "Delighting in God" and "Knowledge of the Holy" by A. W. Tozer

Excellent books to lead one to learn to know God and to pray with that knowledge.

[1] Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.