One day a boy was watching a holy man praying on the banks of a river in India. When the holy man completed his prayer, the boy went over and asked him, “Will you teach me to pray?”
The holy man studied the boy’s face carefully. Then he gripped the boy’s head in his hands and plunged it forcefully into the water. The boy struggled frantically, trying to free himself in order to breathe. Finally, the holy man released his hold.
When the boy was able to get his breath, he gasped, “What did you do that for?” The holy man said, “I just gave you the first lesson.”
“What do you mean?” asked the astonished boy.
“Well”, said the holy man, “when you long to pray as much as you longed to breathe when your head was under water – only then will I be able to teach you to pray.”
Discuss: What lesson about prayer was the teacher actually giving to the young boy?