As pointed out by Max Lucado, they could have asked for something different, like how to turn a handful of kippers and a bagel into platters of roasted salmon steaks, baskets of buttered dinner rolls and enough exotic fruits and veggies to fill hungry tummies all over the world.
They could have asked to be taught how to instantly stop grief from invading every broken heart in the world, or to make every tyrant and their army go POOF! and disappear.
They didn't do that either.
Instead, they asked for something else. Something bigger. A tool strong enough to move mountains with a thought.
They asked for a weapon powerful enough to deliver help faster than the speed of light, able to pass over armies and through hospital walls to situations that might be across town, or oceans away without the need of an jet aircraft, a speed-boat or even a telephone.
They asked to be taught how to best communicate with their Creator. They asked to be taught how to pray, and they asked it of the greatest prayer warrior that ever lived.
To learn from Him was to learn from God, and in granting their request, the Master Teacher not only taught them how to ask for something, but what to ask for and how to receive it.
Prayer can be intimidating. It can be exciting. It can be stale. It can be engaged in for the wrong reasons or for right reasons.
Time for prayer can be set aside on a regular basis to ensure the start and end of the best possible day you can have. It can also easily be a chore that some folks would rather not think about until it suddenly erupts from their hearts because a catastrophe has happened.
I'm gonna be bold and say with certainty that if someone's prayer time reflects any of the negatives I've listed above, they're doing it wrong.
However, there was a definitive guideline established for prayer. It's been incorporated into countless sermons and literary works. And, there's a new one out that is excellent and can be easily navigated and enjoyed by young readers to even experienced prayer warriors.
Max and Andrea Lucado have a tiny book for you that's overflowing with awesomeness and an added bonus is that it's FREE!
I've been a fan of Lucado for as long I've been a fan of Peretti, and I'm excited to get to add this newest gem to the arsenal and armor section of my e-book library.
This book isn't a work of doctrine. Its pages aren't filled with religion. It's a book on communication.
It's a nut-shell packed with simple prayers -- small enough for a snack yet filling enough to make a meal of.
This is just one of the several free e-books available on the FaithGateway website.
If you haven't visited there, then you should because you're missing out on loads of opportunities and information. The site is free to join once you do, your favorites reading list is going to explode with growth.
I got a heads up on the site via journalist, Annette R. Smith, another excellent writer who's worth getting familiar with. See? I keep telling folks if you want a business to grow, or to get a shout out going for information that's important to you to share, then get involved with the freelance writers community to make it happen.
Networking works! ☺
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