I was very confused about prayer when I first started to follow Jesus.
I knew that I was supposed to pray but I wasn’t sure how … or even to whom I should address my prayer. I knew there were three persons of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but I wondered Which one do I pray to? I sure didn’t want to offend one person of God or bring down God’s wrath on myself for doing it wrong!
How could I get the answers I needed?
I was in a small Bible study group with some pillars of our church. When they prayed it sounded like they were reading from a hymnal! I wanted to pray like they did! However, I didn’t want anyone to know how ignorant I was!
In the end, I had to ask for help. I screwed up my courage and asked the oldest and grayest of them to teach me about prayer.
She explained, “What one person of God knows, they all know. It doesn’t matter which person of God you address your prayers to.”
She suggested I start with a memorized prayer like the one in Matthew 6. I still pray the Lord’s prayer frequently, but since then I also developed a prayer model to help me keep my prayers fresh and fervent.