• We begin praying prayers of babes and infants, for that is what we are.
  • We pray as children when we are children.
  • We learn our bedtime prayers and table graces, offering simple verses that can be easily memorized, learned in our hearts.
  • We know them by heart, which is a good lesson for us to remember as adults. We know by heart and are known by heart.
  • We live our lives in the heart of God.
  • Later we learn more formal prayers, longer prayers, and more eloquent prayers. These are certainly appropriate as we mature, but they are not better prayers, however much they may reflect our growing maturity.
  • We may even learn to pray extemporaneously: with our own words, our own thoughts, our own feelings, we learn to express ourselves.
  • At some point, we pray our first prayer that is truly heartfelt.
  • Text from Pathways to Prayer by David Moffett-Moore

The Basics

For many, prayer is mysterious and perhaps even frightening. How is it that one can speak to God? But there is no need to be nervous. You can just talk. Even better, you can find quite time and listen. The books listed here were written to make prayer more accessible, to clear away the underbrush, so to speak, that will keep you from starting.

Myrtle Blabey Neufeld was a missionary nurse. In Directed Paths, she tells stories of prayer and of God’s guidance and protection in her life. Hers is a practical, lived testimony.

Dr. David Moffett-Moore writes from a deep experience of prayer and of listening. This is an excellent first book to read if you are just starting to pray. It will help you get past the concerns about doing it wrong by helping you pray from the heart. His book Pathways to Prayer is designed to open the door.

In I Want to Pray!, Bible teacher Henry Neufeld and Pastor Perry Dalton write to open the doors to simple, basic prayer.

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