Is it easy or difficult for you to pray?
Prayer can be a variety of things. Whether you’re seeking advice, asking forgiveness, or just trying to talk to God, prayer can be difficult. Do your prayers feel like they have direction and effectiveness, or do you feel like you’re calling out to someone who just can’t hear you?
Dr. Mark Rutland has written a book born out of his own season of struggle. He explains that he went through a dark period in his own life when he was stuck in a deep depression. To get through this dark period, he repeatedly prayed the Lord’s Prayer over and over and over again. He eventually added Psalm 23 to it. He credits this prayer process to helping him through this difficult stage in his life.
In 21 Seconds to Change Your World, Rutland demonstrates how the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 are similar by taking a phrase from each passage and breaking it down. It’s interesting how the two passages share similarities but what is more interesting is the power of praying The Lord’s Prayer.
I was raised in a Christian tradition where The Lord’s Prayer was rarely, if ever, prayed in our local church. We were taught that Jesus used the prayer as a model for showing how prayer is to be used, not something intended to be prayed word-for-word. If this is your current or past experience, I strongly encourage you to read this book. 21 Seconds to Change Your World could change your mind and get you praying The Lord’s Prayer.
FTC Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. The opinions contained here are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.