Please pray aloud:

Heavenly Father, your Son’s disciples asked him to teach them to pray because they saw the deep and blessed communion he had with you in prayer. In the same way, would you teach us to pray?

We confess to you that we are distracted, we are tired, we are weighed down by doubt and low expectations. There are times where the idea of prayer feels too demanding physically and emotionally for us, and we opt instead for something easier. We stand in a long line of churches who pray dry and routine corporate prayers, with even more irregular and abstract private prayer. Forgive us, O God, for our hesitancy and unwillingness to call on your name in prayer.

Stir in us to pray, we pray!
– Pray for Your Church

What more could you have done to make us a people of prayer? You’ve given us your Son, his name, your mercy, your ever-available audience! And oh, the promises you have attached to prayer for your Church– Promises to advance your kingdom through prayer. Promises of healing through prayer. Promises of provision, of reconciliation, of freedom from bondage, of salvation. So make us a people of prayer, Lord!

Stir in us to pray, we pray! Awaken us. Kindle to flame the embers within us.

Move us with new energy. Help us arrange our schedules to pray, help us quiet and slow our minds to pray, help us find the discipline and energy to form the thoughts into words of prayer. Take away our excuses, expose our selfishness for what it is, until we find ourselves in communion with you in prayer. Give us eyes to see the pure and unrivaled joy that awaits us when we pray!

Teach us to pray, O Lord!

In Jesus’ name, amen.

16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

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