I was approached yesterday at church by a man. He asked me to teach him to pray. I realize maybe some people don’t know where to begin when they start to pray.
So I wanted to share 5 practical tips on how to get started praying..
Prayer is an amazing privilege. In Scripture we have an open invitation from God of a creation. In Jeremiah 33:3 God states “Call to me and I will answer you. We have a promise that God hears us: “ you will call on me and come and pray for me and I will listen to you (Jeremiah 29: 12).
Through the pages of the Bible, we see examples of people who prayed. Even Jesus the Son of God prayed.
Prayer carries power and changes lives. But sometimes when we sit down to pray, it’s hard to focus, our mind begins to travel to the way our day is going or what we are going to have for dinner. Simply draw your attention back to prayer. Always ask God to help keep you focused before you start praying.
Why Do We Struggle With How To Pray?
Maybe you think you have to over spiritualize it. We think we have to pray long and eloquent for it really work. Maybe we measure our self with spiritual giants like Billy Graham or Mother Teresa and we feel unqualified and unworthy. Sometimes We separate prayer from the rest of our lives, we look at it as something we do at prayer meeting or in quiet time.
Paul says in Colossians 4:2, “ devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Many people, wonder how do I devote myself to prayer when I have a regular life, a job and kids? Paul was talking about our heart attitude, not a never ending prayer meeting or devotional time. Devoted prayer is a heart tendency to turn to God at each turn in our day,
1. Pray Simply
We think we have to pray passionate, persuasive words for God to hear us, but in reality He listen even to our shortest prayer,
The fewer the words the better the prayer. We can talk to God in every day language, just like we were talk to a friend. We don’t have to pray long drawn out prayers. God you like in a simple word of praise, like “Lord I love you.” Or When something good happens say, “Thank You God.” He treasures the anguished prayer of a parent when they call, “Heal my child.’ He answers the simplest request: “Lord give me strength for today.”
2. Read the Bible and Pray Over The Verses
Have you ever had a one-sided conversation with someone who continually talked to you without listening to you? that conversation didn’t go very far, did it? We do the same thing to God when we pray without reading the Bible, His eternal letter of love and wisdom to each one of us on earth. Reading scripture helps us get to know God. It brings life to our prayers.
If you want to have a more effective conversation with God, read scripture. Let David words and the songs brighten up your prayers. Stop in the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) to pray over a verse that strikes you, asking God to work the truth and to your heart. Let the words of Paul’s letters give you specific prayer requests for yourself and the people you love.
3. Make Prayer Active and Multi-Sensory
Prayer garage door when we turn it into a purely mental exercise. God made us to be creative beings, so why don’t we bring creativity to our prayer lives? Lighting a fragrant candle can send a signal to our brains: “It’s time to pray.” I can bring a secret sensor off to a few minutes of prayer. Listening to music and help us focus on God, putting on low volume worship songs and help us pray.
Try making a prayer journal. Making a list of requests keep your mind off work, stopping to pray each request keeps your mind alert. Stop to pray for each request after writing it down. Occasionally, take the time to write out longer prayers like a letter. A prayer journal build faith when you look back over your request and recall God’s answers.
You don’t have to sit quietly and pray. Sometimes my best prayer times happen when I’m walking a quiet trail. Praying out loud also helps keep my mind engaged, but I save that prayer time at home alone.
Matthew 6:5-6 says “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
4. Make Prayer A Fundamental Part of Your Day
1 Thessalonians 5:16-17, used to really baffle me, ‘Rejoice always, pray without ceasing.” I used to think “is it really possible to pray without ceasing?”
It isn’t about praying all day. Try starting and ending your day in prayer. Lift up short prayer to God as often as you can throughout your day. If something good happens say thank you God, or pray over your busy schedule for the day. Ask God to help you with your today list. Say a prayer for your partner or your child or you give them a hug each day. Pray for the person you’re talking to. Every morning when I get in my car, I ask God to watch over my and my car “God put Warring Angels around me and my car today and keep me safe.”
5. Pray Expectantly
Prayer becomes a life with exercise when you’re not looking for answers. Jesus invites us to expect God to work. Matthew 7:7 says, Ask, and it will be given to youAsk, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
How much more exciting prayer become when we keep our eyes open to watch for God’s answers. Sometimes I wonder how many answers we miss because we don’t expect God to respond.
James 1:6-8 says “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubt it like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not the man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord. He is a double minded man, unstable in all his ways.
Expect all your prayers to be answered. Do not doubt
Always begin your prayers with praising God. And always in your prayers with in Jesus’s name Amen.