Pastor Andy Rauschkolb taught from various Bible passages to help us define and understand prayer. First by what prayer is not. It is not a way to manipulate God to get what we want, it is not a box on a Christian checklist, and it is not transactional. Prayer is communing with God, being with him. The Holy Spirit dwells in us, and is with us at all times. Prayer is leaning into that knowledge. Using Jesus as a model, Andy highlighted certain points of prayer for us to work into our prayer life.
• Jesus had a time and a place: make time.
• Jesus had a plan to pray: if we don’t set our priorities, the urgent will win out over the important.
• Jesus had a purpose in prayer: align our will to God’s will.
• Jesus taught a pattern to pray: worship, bring our needs, confess and ask for forgiveness, seek to forgive others, and strength to fight temptation.