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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. R. MILLER





WE would say that we do not
need to be taught how to
pray. Anybody can pray.
It is only talking to God,
and anybody can do that.
It does not require the
learning of a new language in order to speak
with God, for all languages are familiar to
him. Men and women who are about to be
presented at royal courts have to be in-
structed in court etiquette, so that they
may conform to the requirements, but there
is no heavenly etiquette to master before we
can be admitted into the presence of God,
to offer our worship, and to present our
requests. Why then do we have to learn to
pray.?
BY J. R. MILLER





WE would say that we do not
need to be taught how to
pray. Anybody can pray.
It is only talking to God,
and anybody can do that.
It does not require the
learning of a new language in order to speak
with God, for all languages are familiar to
him. Men and women who are about to be
presented at royal courts have to be in-
structed in court etiquette, so that they
may conform to the requirements, but there
is no heavenly etiquette to master before we
can be admitted into the presence of God,
to offer our worship, and to present our
requests. Why then do we have to learn to
pray.?

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LEARNING TO PRAYBY J. R. MILLER WE would say that we do notneed to be taught how topray. Anybody can pray.It is only talking to God,and anybody can do that.It does not require thelearning of a new language in order to speak with God, for all languages are familiar tohim. Men and women who are about to bepresented at royal courts have to be in-structed in court etiquette, so that theymay conform to the requirements, but thereis no heavenly etiquette to master before wecan be admitted into the presence of God,to offer our worship, and to present ourrequests. Why then do we have to learn topray.?Yet, simple as prayer is and open as thedoor is to all who come to speak to God,we do need to learn to pray. The Bible is[275]m)t WiUt JLffe
 
full also of lessons on praying. The disciplesof Jesus had always prayed, but we are toldthat once when they saw their Master atprayer, something so impressed them thatthey felt they never had really prayed. Sothey asked him to teach them to pray. Andwe all need to be taught how to pray. Nomatter how long we have been in the habitof praying, nor how much blessing we havereceived in answer to our requests, we areonly beginners. Every day we should ask our Master to teach us some new lesson Inpraying.There are certain people who seem to havefound a secret of prayer which we havenever yet learned. These favored ones mayteach us how to pray so as to get richerblessing than we have yet received. A littlechild missed her mother at a certain timeevery day. The mother's habit was to slipaway upstairs alone, and to be gone for sometime. The child noticed that the mother wasalways gentler, quieter and sweeter aftershe came back. Her face had lost its weary[ 276 ]iLeammg to pmvlook and was shining. Her voice was gladder,more cheerful." Where do you go, mother,'' the child saidthoughtfully, " when you leave us everyday?"
 
" I go upstairs to my room," said themother." Why do you go to your room ? " contin-ued the little questioner. " You always comeback with your face shining. What makes itshine so? "" I go to pray," replied the mother rever-ently.The child was silent for a little while, andthen she said softly : " Teach me how topray, mother."There are no more sacred moments In anyhome than when a child is bending at amother's knee, learning to lisp its first littleprayer. A mother's prayers are never for-gotten. The boy becomes a man, but in allhis years of toil, struggle, temptation, dutyand sorrow, he remembers his mother's earlylessons in prayer. The childhood prayers[277]m^t WiUt Lifethemselves are never forgotten. They hveon through all the life and often becomethe daily prayer of old age, and are theprayers said in dying." When ye pray, say ' Father.' '' That oneword is the key to the whole mystery of prayer. When Jesus taught his disciples tospeak to God, calling him by that blessed

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