Pray | It is astounding that the omniscient and omnipotent Lord and Creator of the universe wants and asks His people to pray. Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” . James wrote, “You do not have, because you do not ask” . Why does God repeatedly remind us to pray? Martin Luther once said,
“He knows that we are timid and shy, that we feel unworthy and unfit to present our needs to God. We feel the needs, but we cannot express them. We think that God is so great and we are so tiny that we do not dare to pray … That is why Christ wants to lure us away from such timid thoughts, to remove our doubts, and to have us go ahead confidently and boldly. Though I am unworthy, I am still His creature; and since He has made me worthy of being His creature, I am also worthy of receiving what He has promised and so generously offered to me. In other words, if I am unworthy, He and His promise are not unworthy. You can venture on this vigorously and trustfully, you can put it in His lap joyfully and confidently” .
How | How do we pray? Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” . First, we pray “in everything” – that is, we stay in a mindset of prayer, not just in crises . Second, we pray “by supplication” – that is, by asking for help. Third, we pray “with thanksgiving” – that is, we make requests with contented hearts that thank God for whatever He chooses to wisely and lovingly give us. What is the result of this type of prayer? Paul continued, “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” .
Prayer | Lord, We care about having your peace in our hearts and minds because we struggle with worrying and know that your peace surpasses our understanding. Since your peace comes through our prayer, awaken our love for you so that we want to talk with you as vigorously and joyfully as we do our most intimate friends and family. Amen.
 Matt. 7:7 ESV |  James 4:2 ESV |  The Sermon on the Mount, trans. Jaroslave Pelikan, Vol. 21 of Luther’s Works [Concordia, 1956], p. 234. |  Phil. 4:6 ESV |  See also 1 Cor. 10:31; Matt. 6:9. |  Phil. 4:7 ESV