St Johns Lutheran Church Willow Creek

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Pastor John Bennett
Ok, so it’s been a while since I last posted anything besides an occasional weather-related cancellation. I’ve gone the first 35 years of my life without being a blogger, so it’s something that I just need to intentionally develop into a habit. But that’s the thing about habits, they can be good or bad. Right now I’m working on developing the habit of being a blogger, and that’s a good thing. Not to say not being a blogger is a bad habit, far from it. But setting out to establish something that’s good and make it habitual is a good thing.

This brings me to an important subject for followers of Jesus Christ—prayer. Prayer habits, like any other habits in life, can be good or bad. As an example, if a person only prays in times of need, that’s a bad prayer habit. Even though it’s good to pray and our gracious God deeply desires that we come before Him in prayer, if a person only comes before God in prayer when they need something, that would be tantamount to a child only talking to their parents when they need something.

When it comes to prayer habits I’m of the opinion that there are very few of God’s people that actually pray as they should. After all, Paul does say “pray without ceasing.” I’ve heard of a few who have humbly admitted when asked that they pray for hours at a time, several times a day. I must confess I’m not one of those people, and I’m not sure if I could pray for hours at a time. But imperfect people that we are, it is possible to develop decent habits in our prayer life. To put it into a single sentence, good prayer habits include daily prayer that not only speak of our needs and wants, but of sincerest praise and thanksgiving and intercessions on behalf of those in need, Christ’s Church on earth, our nation, and our world.

If you’re looking to learn more about prayer, join us starting this Sunday for a sermon series titled “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” This series will feature the Lord’s Prayer and will focus not only on how this beautiful prayer is a dear treasure given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ, but how the Lord’s Prayer provides us a model for all our prayers. May the joy of salvation encourage you towards a stronger prayer life!

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