Simple Steps for Talking to God Through Prayer
There are no statistics, earthly governing boards or licensing agencies when it comes to your relationship with God. Some people begin their walk in faith early in life and some don’t start until they’re on their death bed. Praying to God is not dependent upon your socioeconomic status, gender, past wrongs, current flaws or how long you’ve been a Christian.
Whether you’re in addiction’s grip or simply looking for clarity about prayer, learn what the Bible says about praying to God and how to implement the principles of prayer into your spiritual life.
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Confusion about Prayer
Misconceptions about prayer can cause those seeking answers to give up. Common questions people have about prayer include: “Do I have to stand, kneel or bow my head? Is it required that I pray out loud? Do I have to hold the Bible or a rosary? Do I need to be in church to pray? How do I know God is listening? Is there a format or sequence to follow?”
Prayer is not a problem to be solved; it’s simply a conversation with God. Speak to God like you would a friend with the understanding that God is your heavenly Father, knows what you need and loves you more than all His other creations. The Bible says to have faith that your prayers will be answered.
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”– Mark 11:24
What the Bible Says about Christian Prayer
When Jesus was asked by His disciples how to pray, He replied:
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'” – Matthew 6:9-13
This has come to be known as the Lord’s prayer and is a great introduction to prayer if you’re confused or unsure about how to pray. It’s important to note that Jesus’ instruction on prayer is uniquely perfect. It covers key points that should be included in prayer, such as:
- Acknowledge God is the Father. For many who are learning about God, His promises and the Bible, it can be difficult to come to terms with the idea that he is the Father of man. Many earthly fathers, if they were present during childhood, are responsible for hurts and disappointment. Understand that God the heavenly Father is perfect and wants only the best for you.
- Acknowledge God is holy and worthy to be praised. By reciting the words “hallowed be your name,” you’re acknowledging that God is holy and separate from everything else. He reigns in heaven and on earth.
- Pray for God’s will to be done. Sometimes it’s hard to understand what God’s will is and that is because our view is limited while God’s is infinite. God knows the past, present and future. Praying for God’s will to happen in your life is praying for God’s plan to take shape and His ultimate purpose for your life to be realized.
- Ask for your daily needs to be provided. The Bible says that God knows what you need before you ask Him, and He does. But, in prayer it’s important to ask for help from God to attain your needs. This shows that you’re putting faith in God to be your provider and not relying on yourself or the world.
- Ask for forgiveness. In prayer, Christians are called to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness from God. The act of doing so helps Christians to acknowledge the ways in which they’ve disobeyed God’s word, gain forgiveness and ask for divine help not to repeat the same mistakes.
- Pray to resist temptation. Once you’ve overcome one temptation, another chance to sin will present itself. In prayer to God, ask for the insight needed to recognize temptation. Then, ask for the strength and willpower to resist the urge to sin.
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How to Make Prayer Personal
Many people turn to prayer when they’re sad, lonely, anxious or worried. This is normal and perfectly acceptable; God wants you to turn to Him in your time of need. God also wants you to pray with purpose and dedicate time to Him. Consider the following Biblical commands about prayer before establishing your own prayer routine.
Make Time with God Alone
As Jesus did, spending time alone in prayer with God brings you closer to Him and shows the Lord that you value spending time with Him. Choose a time that you can commit to, whether it’s five minutes or two hours, on a regular basis to pray. Keep in mind you don’t have to pray any one particular way, so you can pray aloud or pray silently, sing praises to God or give thanks, or share your concerns and worries. As the Bible says in Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”
Be Honest with God
God already knows everything you need and everything troubling you. Prayer is not a performance; it’s an outpouring of love, appreciation and praise to God while asking forgiveness for sins and expressing concerns. The Bible warns against using empty words in prayer. In Matthew 6:7-8 it states, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Confess Your Sins
Everyone sins regardless of their lot in life. Since the fall of Adam and Eve when humans gained original sin, there has not been one person, save Jesus, who lived a life free of sin. Even after asking for forgiveness, you will commit sin. When you spend time in prayer, confess your sins to God and ask forgiveness. Ask God to help you resist temptation and give you the strength you need to sin no more. The Bible states in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsand purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Pray with Others
While it’s important to spend time alone with God in prayer, believers are also expected to fellowship with other Christians and pray with them. In fact, the Bible says that when two or more are gathered in the Lord’s name, Jesus is there with them. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:19-20
Pray for Others
Prayer isn’t just about your relationship with God or your personal needs. Also pray for others who are in need, whether or not they are Christian. Pray for them to seek and find God, pray for others who are sick, struggling, stuck in their sin and hurting. Praying for someone else is called intercessory prayer. This simply means you are appealing to God on their behalf. Christians are directed to do this in Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
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