Watch and Pray

This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.

Teach Me to Pray


And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all
your mind.”
—Matthew 22:37

In 1970 I went through an experience that brought me into a rekindled sense of God’s presence. The Lord in His ultimate wisdom raised up a godly mentor for me who was dedicated to prayer. She talked to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as if they were right there with her. I so longed for that kind of intimacy with the Lord that I spent the next three years sitting at her feet and following her example.

Because I had come from a liturgical background, I felt awkward with much of the body language I saw my mentor use as she poured out her heart to God in prayer. Lifting my hands was especially difficult in the beginning because our church did not do that. As I read through the Scriptures, however, I found verse after verse about lifting my hands to the Lord (see Pss. 28:2; 63:4; 119:48; 134:2; 143:6). I realized my struggle was not as much with God as it was with tradition and my fear of man: What would people think ofme?

My self-consciousness ended one Sunday morning in church when I lowered my hands because I thought someone was watching me. Suddenly a little five-year-old boy loudly exclaimed. ‘Mommy, why does that lady raise her hands down to praise the devil instead of up to praise Jesus?” That did it! I threw my hands into the air. From that day forward. I began to pray with uplifted hands and a new sense of purpose in my heart.

As I watched my spiritual mother walk, lie, kneel and move about with an intense spirit of worship, I, too, began to minister to the King of kings and Lord of lords with my whole heart and body. People often ask me, “How long, where and in what position should I pray?” As we look at some of these basic questions, remember that the issue is not as much time, place or position as it is faithfulness to God.

Excerpt from Chapter 2 (Teach me to pray) of “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” by Elizabeth Alves

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