Teach us to pray

Cradle My Heart Radio | Sue Detweiler on prayer 5-7-17

How’s your prayer life?

51hyi27ymkl-_sx322_bo1204203200_Every one of us has faith in something or Someone. It’s where we focus our time and our resources. We may profess to believing in God for the good things in this life, but a quick look at our checkbook would say that we’re more trusting of entertainment or consumables than loving God and his people.

The state of our prayer life also reveals the condition of our hearts toward God.

And prayer is the quickest way to turn our unfocused attention to the Lord and the things that matter most.

Even Jesus’ closest followers needed help with this. They asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (see Luke 11:1-13)

When Sue Detweiler set out to write about prayer she began with a very personal story of the most desperate prayer of her life–a prayer to get her newborn baby out of the fire that was threatening to engulf them both.

She was disoriented as the smoke filled each crevice of the room. Her anguished cries seemed to be going unheard. She prayed one of the simplest prayers we can pray: Help.

Just in time, help arrived and Sue was rescued along with her 5-week-old baby.

When she checked in to let her mother know the harrowing news, her mother shared that for over a month she’d been led to pray Isaiah 43:2:

When you pass through the waters,
    I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
    they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
    you will not be burned;
    the flames will not set you ablaze.

Perhaps you’venever experienced a life-saving prayer under dramatic or surprising circumstances as Sue did. Or perhaps you pray continually and keenly know that everything that comes into your life passes through God’s hands first.

Share your story in the comments below.

And join us for Cradle My Heart Radio this Sunday night for help on how to start, develop and deepen your prayers. Sue will share stories from her new book Women Who Move Mountains, Praying with Confidence, Boldness and Grace. The book includes transforming prayers after brokenness, timidity, disappointment, and yes after sadness, you’ll hear the encouraging prayer of a woman facing abortion. In the aftermath of choice many women feel they can no longer come to God in prayer, much less with confidence and boldness, after feeling they have fallen from grace. Find God’s plan for starting fresh wherever you are today.

Listen to Cradle My Heart Radio with Kim Ketola Sunday May 7, 2017 with our guest Sue Detweiler

Sue Detweiler

Sue Detweiler

From her bio:

Sue Detweiler is a wife, mother of six, author, and pastor with more than twenty-five years of experience in marriage, ministry, and education. She is also a popular speaker who shares her heart and wisdom internationally on issues related to marriage, family, women, prayer, leadership, and ministry.

Sue and her husband Wayne began in ministry as youth pastors. They moved to Nashville in 1986, and planted and pastored Harmony Christian Fellowship for nine years. During this time Sue received her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University.


Cradle My Heart, Finding God’s Love After Abortion provides affirmation and hope after abortion from the Scriptures. Here are more resources for help and healing. If you are pregnant and need free, confidential help call 1-800-712-HELP. If you’ve had an abortion and need immediate help call 1-866-482-LIFE.

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