How to Pray?
Prayer is a very important intimate time between an individual and God. There isn’t really a right or wrong way to pray, but it helps if we all know a few basics when praying. Throughout the bible there are multiple examples of prayers that some people use to structure their own prayers from (Matthew 6:9-13, Philippians 4:6-7). I remember growing up, I always had the same prayer for certain times of the day. I said the same prayer at every meal, every morning, and every night. It wasn’t until I got into high school that I started to learn how to really pray and talk to God. It doesn’t matter how you pray, as long as you pray.
- Pray in secret
In Matthew 6:6 we are instructed to pray in secret. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father…” Find yourself a quiet place to pray and talk to God. No matter if you are in your room, bathroom, car, closet, etc. Make sure you are not interrupted, God deserves your undivided attention.
- First acknowledge God and give thanks
When you start your prayer off it is nice to acknowledge God by saying Lord I come to you today with thanksgiving or thanking you for today. Just to show God you thank Him for everything.
- Pray for yourself and those close to you
Don’t forget to pray for yourself, family members, and friends.
- Pray for leaders that are close to you
Leaders that are close to you may include teachers, your preacher, your boss, etc. We want to make sure those close to us are covered.
- Pray for the president and those in our government
It is important, especially now, to pray for our president and those in government that God covers them and directs them.
- Pray for the sick and less fortunate
I always make sure to pray for those who are sick and less fortunate. Those I know and don’t know.
- Ask God for anything
Lastly, ask God for anything. If you are believing God to do something in your life or if you need him to give you patience, strength, etc. This is the time.
- End your prayer
I remember when I was younger, my preacher preached a sermon about ending prayer. He said you should always put a “stamp” on your prayer so that God gets it. The stamp is simply saying. I pray this prayer in Jesus’ name.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to pray. These are simply tips and guidelines I personally use sometimes. No prayer is the same.