Keller: Use prayer to speak from heart

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Whenever people have problems, they always turn to prayer. The problem is that most people don’t know how to pray.

Religious people use repetitious prayers that the Bible warns against.

If we believe that God is our Heavenly Father; we should speak to Him like we speak to our earthly father.

When speaking to men in Christian support groups, the conversation sometimes turns to answered prayers.

I share that if I’m on my deathbed, I really don’t want one of them to visit and pray for me.

I would much prefer to have an innocent child pray. Why? Because they are so innocent and have more faith than most grown-ups. When they pray, they expect their Heavenly Father to answer in a positive way.

I’ll never forget when my only son, Matt, was 4 years old. (He is now 55.)

Matt had a habit of getting out of his bed in the middle of the night and coming into our bed to sleep.

Was that aggravating?

It really was, and I tried everything to break his habit.

Nothing seemed to work, so as we prayed one night, I decided to ask God to please help him stay in his bed. I then shared with Matt that Jesus would answer all of his prayers. I really felt good when I went to bed, thinking God would solve my problem.

My selfish prayer didn’t work that night, because Matt did the same thing.

In the morning, I was mad and told Matt, “Jesus wanted you to stay in your bed!”

“I know, Daddy, but when I woke up, I told Jesus I was cold and He told me to go and sleep with you and Mama.”

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