Instead of a sermon, we want to introduce you today to one way of praying with the Bible. Most churches, whether Mennonite, Baptist, Lutheran, or something else, assume two things about good church-going Christians. First, they assume good church-going Christians already know how to pray. And second, good church-going Christians pray frequently throughout the week.
We’re not sure how well either of these assumptions matches reality. In this congregation we do teach young people in the baptism exploration class a few ways to pray. But once people are baptized, we provide no regular training in prayer beyond what we model in worship services, which is largely restricted to prayers of intercession and thanksgiving.
- Isaiah 43:1 - 5