This morning I received a short note from a dear friend who asked me if I would consider writing a book about prayer. This is a subject that is on the minds of many people who love the Lord. We want to know how to pray correctly and use the right words when we come to God. In Jesus, we see a complete illustration for how and what we should pray. More importantly, the reasons that we should pray can be understood as we examine Jesus and the moments when He prayed to the Father.
In Jesus we see that prayer is simply open communication with God. As we sit with friends or family members and talk to each other, so also is prayer. All that God requires of us in prayer is that we are completely honest and speak to Him from our heart. It is not the words that are most important in our prayers, but the heart that supports our words, that God cares most about. We might not be very good at speaking or communicating our thoughts or feelings. Perhaps we get tongue–tied when we try to talk to another person or before many people.
Although a person must be proficient in their speaking ability when addressing a crowd, no such requirement is made when we speak to God.