Prayer 101

How to pray when you don’t feel thankful

I have been humbled by the thankfulness of my friends. I’ve shared in their Thanksgiving Day celebrations, sat as their tables and heard them express their appreciation. Even if someone …

How to pray when you’re tempted

A bag of leftover Halloween candy sits in our pantry tempting me to slip in my hand and take one piece as I pass the doorway. I know it’s not …

How to pray when things are easy

  Sometimes I have to remind my children “don’t just text me when you’re having a problem. Get in touch when things are going well.” I am glad to help …

How to Pray When You’re Fuming

Sometimes, I’d rather stay furious than take seriously the words: don’t go to bed angry. I find some satisfaction in being annoyed. If I back down too easily, it’s like I’m …

How to Pray When God Seems Distant

Sometimes God seems no closer than the Milky Way. What is it that makes God seem distant? Is it because he is holy and majestic and needs to be detached …

When God’s will is not my will

Last week, we started our Prayer 101 series by discovering how to pray “not what I want, but what you want”. We began with asking God to reveal his good and perfect will, and …

How to back down in prayer

My grandmother would often add a strange little phrase to the end of statements, especially if she talked about her plans. “We will come and visit you next month,” she …

How do I pray when …???

“Teach us to pray,” Jesus’ disciples asked him. This seems a strange request from men who were undoubtedly devout in their faith. They prayed and heard prayers being said at the …