Do you find prayer intimidating? Have you ever said,
"I don't know how to pray"? If so, you may be
surprised to learn that there is no "right" or "wrong"
method of prayer. Nor is prayer reserved for a handful
of religious professionals.
Prayer is the act of offering reverent petition to God
and an expression of the commitment and trust we have
in God by faith.
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into
thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to
thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
When we come before God in prayer and give Him full
control of a situation, we are acknowledging His
ability to bring about a change in that area of our or
someone elses life.
Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask
in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
As a result, God begins to work on the problem with
His all mighty, all knowing, everlasting power.
Over the years prayer has not received the recognition
that it deserves.
Many people feel since God already knows about our
needs, there isn't any need to tell God about them.
This could turn out to be a very costly mistake!
While it's true God knows about and is involved in
every area of our life, its also true He wants us to
specifically commit each of our concerns to Him so
that we will learn to depend on Him and His counsel.
Perhaps you sometimes feel you have no one to turn to
with your stress and struggles.
It is not just a matter of having someone to
understand, but of finding someone you can trust.
But you can find reassurance in the fact that God
remains in control and takes care of His faithful
Prayer is one of the greatest contributions we can
make to improve our lives as well as the lives of
Just pray, offering whatever you're thinking and
feeling to the Lord. Whatever you bring, it's a start.
As you pray more regularly or more often, the usual
experience is that you start being more truthful in
prayer, you start turning away from what you did
wrong, your attitude becomes more confident, you start
taking the time to listen, you start looking for the
signs of divine response in your daily life, you start
hungering to read the Scriptures, you start wanting to
pray with others, and you think less and less about
You will soon find preparations and practices that may
help you be more open to God in prayer as you start
letting the Holy Spirit change you.
When we come in prayer we come as we are Sometimes
scared, Sometimes needy, Sometimes empty, Sometimes
bored, Sometimes furious, but we come.
We come trusting that through prayer God can change
us, and can change the things that happen in our life.
We come trusting that God is with us and builds us up,
that the Holy Spirit prays with us and for us.
We trust that the Lord will lead us to lose our anger,
lead us to repentance, lead us to being open to the
Spirit's voice, and lead us to love of God and of each
If you feel like a victim, you can pray to God,
instead of irresponsibly allowing the circumstances of
life to overwhelm you. You can begin to take charge of
your life by asking God for the power to make changes.
Or maybe you live with unchangeable circumstances that
effect your life in a major way.
From finding a spouse, to finding a job, from building
a business, to building a life, People frequently pray
for God to bless their efforts with success and in a
success driven society, people of faith often struggle
with the place and pursuit of success.
Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
God is more than ready to hear our complaints,
appeals, desires and frustrations. Nothing is too big
or too small for the Lord not to take into
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every
thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let
your requests be made known unto God.
In closing I'll leave you with Jesus' instructions on
prayer to His disciples.
Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is
in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever. Amen.
David Hopkins is a "Christian Article Writer" who
specializes in helping people remember to glorify God
in everything that they do, so they don't miss out on
any of His wonderful blessings.
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