Real prayer is something we learn. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). They had prayed all their lives and yet something about the quality and quantity of Jesus’ praying caused them to see how little they knew about prayer. If their praying was to make any difference on the on the human scene, there were some they needed to learn.

One of the liberating experiences in my life came when I understood that prayer involved a learning process. I was free to question, to experiment, even to fail, for I knew I was learning…

(The Celebration of Discipline by Richard J. Foster, 32-33)