Do You Find it Hard to Pray Effectively?

Find out Stephen Crosby’s secrets to effective prayer.

I love Stephen Crosby’s secrets to effective prayer. Also Check out his blog at www.stevecrosby.org. 

Stephen Crosby posted this on Facebook this morning so I’m passing it on to you.

“So, 44 years and counting of being a follower of Jesus and I think I finally have prayer figured out. Here are my secrets. I start with this:

1. I don’t understand. 
2. I don’t know how to pray. 
3. Holy Spirit, spirit of prayer, pray through me and teach me to pray.

After I am finished with that then I go to:

1. I don’t understand. 
2. I don’t know how to pray. 
3. Holy Spirit, spirit of prayer, pray through me and teach me to pray.

After hitting that “level” I go to:

1. I don’t understand. 
2. I don’t know how to pray. 
3. Holy Spirit, spirit of prayer, pray through me and teach me to pray.

And then when I am finishing I go to:

1. I don’t understand. 
2. I don’t know how to pray. 
3. Holy Spirit, spirit of prayer, pray through me and teach me to pray.

There. Ain’t that ‘revelatory” – -(sarcasm alert!!)

For those who cannot tell, that is really how I pray these days, but I am having some fun at the expense of purveyors of “secret spiritual techniques” and some of the similar kinds of nonsense and spiritual gymnastics we often go through.”

I respect Stephen Crosby – he’s a man of wisdom. Not only wisdom but honesty to boot.

Comments followed after he posted on Facebook:

” I often add “save me from myself!”
Stephen Crosby – “Oh yeah, pray that all the time . . .should have had that #4!”

” My problem seems to be that I’ve just recently learned to pray without ORDERING God to do things my way. David E Fredrickson provided a clue last year when he wrote the post about being honest (painfully, I mean) with God. But a lot if it is also what you just said!”

“Wow! I thought something was wrong with me. My prayer life has Shifted…I literally do not know how to pray anymore!
It’s like I have forgotten”

“I keep it simple.. just praying in tongues (and so now and then with my mind)…”

“So… you don’t ask God to find you a parking place or help you find your phone? NO… seriously… I love this post. I don’t know how to pray either, so I just talk to Father while I’m driving or cooking or watching the birds at the bird feeders. I love the Thomas Merton prayer… the idea that I don’t know how to “please God”, but that God is pleased that I simply desire to please Him. He is pleased with you, Stephen. I’m certain of that.”

“My favorite and sometimes only prayer for a situation is…”Jesus, live your life through me!”

I loved his secrets, I could identify, can you?

4 thoughts on “Do You Find it Hard to Pray Effectively?

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    1. I’m glad you found my post worth reading. I’m going to be 71 this year and find I’m returning to the simplicity in Christ. He’s so precious to me, He’s my life, my all. Cindy

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      1. I know what you mean! I returned to Him in Feb 2015, as a prodigal, and cannot get enough of Him and His Word in a day. Every day is new and fresh and beautiful. At 59 years old, I too find Him more precious now than when I was younger. I love your heart sister!

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