“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).
Being Jews, the disciples of Jesus knew about prayer and prayed the way they could. But they noticed that Jesus’ prayer life was different and commanded results. So they said to Him: “Teach us to pray”. For many people, a crucial aspect of learning is to identify and correct the distortions that several wrong teachings may have caused.
However, the key point to be highlighted here is that you can learn to pray. Do not be content with the fact that the best you can do is five minutes. Do not be content with the fact that you hardly know what to say. Prayer is such a crucial aspect of your walk with God. It’s time to build a culture of prayer. Be honest enough to identify where you are on this journey, and how you plan to improve. Plan to improve gradually but steadily.
Get an alarm clock. Set regular prayer times. Be committed. If you can, get prayer partners. Partnership is a very important key to building a new culture. Iron sharpens iron. Put some discipline in your prayer time. No more receiving phone calls while praying. No more attending to mail notifications while praying. No more lackadaisical postures while praying. No more muttering under your breath when you can speak out clearly. Get up! Build your prayer life today.
Further Reading: 1 Thess 5:17, Luke 18:1