In his book Teach Me to Pray Andrew Murray writes, “As long as we look at prayer chiefly as a means of maintaining our own Christian life, we cannot fully know what it is intended to be. But when we learn to regard it as the most important work entrusted to us and as the root and strength of all other work, then we understand that there is nothing we need more than to study and practice the art of praying in the correct manner” (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2002, page 7).
I find Murray’s words stirring and convicting, so let me ask some questions of you that I’ve been asking myself:
- How are you doing in prayer these days?
- Do you delight to spend time with your Savior, Jesus Christ?
- Do you cast your cares upon him?
- Do you intercede for others?
- Do you seek his wisdom, power, and resources to do his will from day to day?
- Do you draw upon him for all your needs and look to him to shape your hopes and dreams?
Murray is right: prayer is the most important work, for time spent with Christ is the root and strength of every lasting work. So may the Lord indeed teach us to pray, starting today, and empower us to take one small step in the right direction.