At some point in your faith journey, you will settle into a bargaining posture with God. “God, if you will . . . , I promise I will . . . .” We all do it. That’s just part of religion—every religion. In fact, it’s so much a part of human nature that even some atheists and agnostics do it when they find themselves in desperate circumstances. But is that really how God wants us to relate to him? The problem with a bargaining posture is we never keep up our end of the bargain, do we?
Prayer can be a challenging thing. If we are brand new to it, it can be awkward and clunky. We can pray all our lives and still wonder if it works. Regardless of our experience, most of us have the same question: how do we get it right? Well, Jesus directly addressed this. He said, “this is how you should pray…”. And what he describes over the next few verses is something far more than words.