How to Pray (Christians)

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Doesn’t it seem like the times that we have a need in one aspect of our lives or another outweighs the times that we don’t? When things are not going as we hoped they would in our lives, that of our family and friends, or in the world at large, we turn to God. We turn to our maker, father, savior, guardian, and friend – all in one. How should we pray when we bring our needs to God? The Bible teachings us to pray often. More specifically to “pray without ceasing”. Our hearts should always be attuned to God’s. This can be achieved through a prayerful life. There are prayers that we can pray when things seems generally well and our hearts are at peace. There is a different way to pray when we have a desperate need.

Every day prayer: In the book of Mathew 6: 9-13, Christ teaches us a manner in which we should pray. According to Jesus instruction – we are to honor God’s name, pray for His will on earth, pray for our daily provision, pray for forgiveness of our sins and from temptation, and pray for our safety. You will notice that in the Lord’s prayer, the pronouns us and we are used rather than me or I. This implies that we are to pray these things for not just ourselves but also for other people (family, friends, strangers, or foe).

Need based prayer: Have you ever run to God with your heart heavy and tears pouring out of your eyes? Many times? We all have burning need-based prayer requests as we go through life. Many of us have learned out of desperation, the correct thing to do of casting our burdens at the feet of God, humbly, passionately, and as we are. There is more to be done for this type of prayer. The Bible tells us that the Word of God is alive, sharp, and pierces through the spiritual as well as the physical, Hebrews 4:12. It is powerful to pray using scriptures that support your prayer to make your appeal to God. If you are praying for the fruit of the womb for instance, scriptures such as Psalm 113:9, Genesis 1:28, Psalm 138:13 etc. If you are looking for means to support you and your family, 2 Corinthians 9:8, Mark 11:24, James 1:17 etc. Different scriptures lead people in different ways. Pray and then read the relevant scriptures during your prayer time. 

Faith and submission: In Mathew 6:33, the Bible tells us that it is God we need to seek first before anything else. In my personal experience, I have noticed that being right with God strengthens my faith. Faith is important for anyone who will ask something from God and receive it. Faith and complete trust in Jesus gives us the peace and assurance that we are not alone when our answers do not come soon. There are times when we have prayed desperate prayers again and again with no answers seemingly coming forth. That is not our fault. But we should be able to trust that God hears us and is with us even throw the fire. Remember Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego who put their trust in God whether He was going to save them from the fire or not. That is a difficult attitude to have. But as Christians, it is one we are called to have. 


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