“Lord, teach us to pray” Luke 11:1
Last week I spent an hour working my way through Jon Tyson’s “How To Pray For An Hour” prayer wheel.
I do not believe there are short-cuts when it comes to expanding and deeping one’s prayer life. However, tools like this are really helpful in learning how to pray. As someone who struggles with prayer, I’ve discovered that I need resources like this to guide me along and keep me focused.
It’s been a long time since I prayed for an hour on my own. I decided to walk and pray through downtown Nelson, and I was shocked at how quickly the time flew by. In fact, I ended up expanding several of these sections far beyond 5 minutes, and ended up praying for about 1.5 hours!
Today I didn’t have a one-hour block through which I could move through the entire wheel in one session. However, I made it my goal to move through the wheel over the course of the day. Although a different experience, it was just as powerful to pray through this tool as my day unfolded. I can see both practices becoming part of my weekly ritual.
You may or may not find a tool like this helpful, but one of its strengths is that it forces you into modes of prayer that, depending on your spiritual love language, you may avoid or simply neglect. Case in point: I can’t remember the last time I prayed for “Holy Alertness.” And yet as I made my way through the streets of Nelson I was instantly sensitized to how critical a prayer that is for me as both a pastor and Christian.
Honestly, I’m not sure I could pray for an hour without a tool like this to help me. As I Mind type I’d rather talk about, think about, study, read, or teach on prayer than actually pray. I’m therefore very thankful for leaders like Jon Tyson who share resources that I can use to practice prayer in an intentional and sustained way.