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Who Taught You to Pray?

January 25, 2017

Who taught you to pray?

Yes, I know the default, go-to, properly pious answer is “Jesus did!”

Yes, I know about the disciples asking him to teach them to pray, and about the differences in how Matthew 6:9-11 and Luke 11:2-4 record his answer.

That’s not what I’m asking.

Who taught you to pray?

My answer would include my wife and our son, both of my parents and some other family members, my third grade Sunday School Teacher, three pastors, some guys in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a handful of college and seminary professors who over time became my friends, some colleagues, and some church members. And some situations and surprises in life. And I’m still learning to pray.

Who taught you to pray?

As always, I look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you back here tomorrow.

So: who taught you to pray?

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4 Comments
  1. My dad, his mother, Sunday school teachers, in different ways, in every level along the way, particularly George Dean in fourth grade. Reverend James Nettleton and Reverend Bill Lewis at St. John’s, every counselor and pastor I encountered at Aldersgate Institute for five years. Later, one year, every co-counselor and pastor and student, I encountered as a counselor at Aldersgate Institute (1989). Reverend LaVon and MaryLou Baylor, Reverend Bob Smith, he was followed by You at Wood River First, Rev. John Annable at Cahokia Park, . the pastor at Boonville U. Methodist Church in Summerville, South Carolina (I wish I could remember his name, he was a Godsend at a really tough time, the death of my dad in Illinois), the members of the Bible Study Prayer & Share Group of the same church (though I was just getting home from the group, at about 9:30 p.m. when I got the news, they were there in less than 20 minutes, all of them),Rev. Jim Schuetz at Cahokia Park, Rev. Paul Simpkins at St. John’s, Rev. Dennis Price at Troy, many church colleagues, the many, many Bible Studies I have participated in, in my 61 years as a Methodist and United Methodist, and heart friends including Bobbie Stearns and Nancy Hoffman to name two. Almost every encounter that asks for prayer requires teaching of God while praying. Boy, did this spark some wonderful memories!! Thanks!

  2. Jenny Rodriguez permalink

    My parents and teachers initially taught me to to pray and how to pray. Then friends, life experiences, family and readings. Thanks for posing his question and the story.

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