"That Awkward Silence"Stuart JonesJesus taught by using many methods. He told parables, preached and performed miracles. He taught by example or modeling behavior that all should emulate. One of the subjects Jesus taught by example was prayer. He demonstrated several ways to pray. Jesus sought out opportunities to pray with those closest to Him. There were times when He prayed for others and times when He prayed for himself. He would often pray alone, seeking solitude, focus and connection with the Father. Matthew records one of Jesus’ greatest teachings on prayer. In Matthew 6:9-10 (NIV), His powerful lesson begins by telling us how to pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This lesson has been repeated countless times and has touched so many people with its simple, yet powerful meaning. This prayer is often very familiar to non-Christians. Most of us memorized the Lord’s Prayer as children. However, we must recognize the power is in the meaning of the prayer, through the connection we make with God and not in a memorized repetition. Jesus did not tell us there was only one way to pray. He provided various methods. He demonstrated that prayer can and should happen at all times and places. It takes effort and time. Prayer builds our relationship with God, a relationship that is rich in energy, connection, power, and emotion. There is no “new and improved” or easy way – just the way that Jesus taught.