Learn How to Pray By Trial & Error

When I was in high school, I worked at a little Italian pizza place. We served all kinds of Italian dishes, subs, and the best garlic bread this side of Italy. But we specialized in pizza. Real hand tossed pizza. Out of fresh dough made daily. Ahh, I can smell it now. My mouth is watering!

The first couple of weeks I worked there, I waited tables. But it was my goal to get back into that kitchen and make the pizza.

Sure enough, after a few weeks, I was brought alongside the head pizza creator, the owner himself. He showed me how to stretch the dough, how to toss it into the air in a perfect spiral so it would land on my knuckles and then gently pull it out, shaping it with each toss.

It looked fun. It looked easy. Till I tried it. As the old saying goes, "It wasn't as easy as it looked." But I kept at it. Kept tossing, kept practicing. Soon, I had it down and was able to make over a dozen hand tossed pizzas to order in a matter of minutes. And they were lip-smacking good!

As we know, on the job training is the best training, so why not use that kind of training for prayer? If you want to pray effectively, Learn How to Pray By Doing It.

Get at it like I got at the pizza making. Give it a whirl and you'll develop your skills as a pray-er! You can listen to others pray and you can read prayers others have penned, but until you dive in and pray all by yourself, you're not going to really "get it."

Since your time is limited, here's a few ideas for on the job training in the prayer arena:

  • Pray in your car.
  • Pray while you're taking a walk.
  • Pray as you're cleaning your house.
  • Pray as you're on the job (under your breath).
  • Pray with your spouse.
  • Pray with your kids.
  • Pray with your friends.
  • Pray over your problems
  • Pray for the attitudes you are struggling with.
  • Pray for situations where you need God to turn things around.
  • Pray for others who have situations you are aware of that need God's touch.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually,give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Just a few weeks ago, my friend Kathy and I were walking in the mall weaving in and out amongst all the busy people shopping. I mentioned I had a toothache that was really bugging me. She simply laid her hand on my back and prayed for me as we were walking: "Jesus, thank you for your healing and removing Linda's toothache." That was it. Simple prayer, simple faith.

And know what? My toothache went away.

So want to learn how to pray? Do it by trial and error.

On the job training is the best way to learn how to pray. Pray anywhere you are. Don't get weird about it. Don't do it in King James Language (Unless that's how you talk to everyone else, though I sincerely doubt it.) Don't elevate your voice so everyone within a mile radius can hear you. Just pray. God can hear your softly spoken prayers even above the lawnmower next door.

The more you pray, the better you will get at it. Give prayer a whirl! You'll be seeing answers in no time! The best way to learn how to pray is to simply do it.