One key to growth in prayer is simple: Don’t give up. Be persistent. Be faithful. Be constant in prayer (Rom 12:12c).
The Lord genuinely wants us to pester him with prayer. I choose the word pester carefully and deliberately, largely because of Luke 18:1-9, which begins this way: And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Jesus teaches here that God delights in his people coming to him, again and again and again, with our prayers. That is what he wants. This is what he loves. Really. (more…)