Public praying is a responsibility as well as a privilege... Many facets of Christian discipleship, not least prayer, are rather more effectively passed on by modeling than by formal teaching. Good praying is more easily caught than taught. If it is right to say that we should choose models from whom we can learn, then the obverse truth is that we ourselves become responsible to become models for others. So whether you are leading a service or family prayers, whether you are praying in a small-group Bible study or at a convention, work at your public prayers.
Pretty much everyone would agree that prayer is an important part of the Christian life. And pretty much everyone would agree that most Christians don’t pray as much or as well as they could. Here are six ways you as a pastor can help your people become more faithful and enthusiastic in their prayer life:
1. Set aside a lot of time in your gatherings to pray.
Praise God, the Spirit intercedes for us when we don’t know how to pray (Rom 8:26), but the Bible also helps us know how to pray by showing us the prayers of the faithful. These include Paul’s prayers in the NT, on which Carson has a great book.