Learning to Pray
K.P. Yohannan is someone I deeply admire and his writing always stirs my heart to go deeper with God. This short eBook, Learning to Pray, is no exception. I’d love to learn to pray from a man who spends several hours a day in prayer, seeking God’s will and moving mountains through faith and intercession.
After talking about some standard things about prayer, he urges the reader to let God shape their prayer time. That may mean starting by praying for one simple thing until it is answered or it may mean stepping up to longer and deeper prayer times. I find it reassuring that he sees prayer as a habit that is gradually developed over a lifetime rather than something we have to be perfect at right now.
Here’s a brief sample:
Be specific in your prayers. Matthew 6:11 says, “Give us this day …” Ask Him for exactly what you need. What do you need today to sustain His work and accomplish His will? Don’t pray in general terms. Have specific things that you want God to answer. Tell Him the name and place. Let Him know who, what, where and so forth. Tell God specifically. Don’t tell Him how to answer, but be specific in what the needs are.
K.P. Yohannan, Learning to Pray
That paragraph (among many others) resonated with me because I’m guilty of telling God how to answer my prayers. I get too specific, sometimes, and I think that’s where I wind up feeling disappointed with God when it was really me limiting what God could do in a situation. I like the guideline to specify the Ws: who, what, when, where, and let God supply the H: how.
This little gem will be worth a read again and again whenever I want to delve deeper in prayer. Learning to Pray is free right now so I encourage you to check it out.