Many times in life we encounter difficulties that seem overwhelming, face decisions and are unsure how to best proceed and need someone to help guide us in how to move forward according to God’s principles. That’s why the church is here.
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How to Pray
Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. There is no right or wrong way to pray. Try to make your prayer life a simple conversation with your Heavenly Father. Below are some tips as you begin a journey of praying faithfully to God.
Have a Place to Pray
You may have a quiet room in your house that you can use to pray, or you may find solace in your car in the parking lot at work. Wherever you pray, try to be consistent. It certainly doesn’t matter to God if you lock yourself in a bathroom or a broom closet, but it will help you to focus on your prayer time when you have a consistent time and place to pray.
Have a Time to Pray
Schedule a time to pray. The Bible says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This means to always be in an attitude of prayer, or to be aware that God is with you at every moment and that you can have a conversation with Him at any time. However, scheduling a specific time to pray each day will help you become a consistent person of prayer: someone who is serious about the needs of others and will pray trusting that God will accomplish His plan in their life. As you begin learning to pray, you may find that you only need a few minutes each day.
Use A Prayer Guide
A prayer guide is a short list of reminders of what types of things you should pray for. Here are some suggested topics for your prayer guide: salvation, protection, leadership, ministry opportunity, deliverance from temptation, etc. Another example is the ACTS prayer. The letters in ACTS stand for: A is for Adoration-praising God for all He has done, who he is, etc. C is for confession-confessing your sins to God. T is for thanksgiving-thanking God for everything you are thankful for. S is for supplication-in another words, asking God for the things you need or the prayer requests you may have.
Make a Prayer List
Create a list that you carry with you or in your prayer journal where you can note specific prayer requests that people mention. When someone asks you to pray for them, write it down. Don’t trust your memory. You can divide your list into various types of requests, or create lists that you will pray through on various days of the week. Maybe you will commit to praying for government leaders three days a week but want to pray for your family every day.
Talk With God
Don’t make prayer complicated. There are certainly many things the Bible teaches about prayer. We should pray with respect. We should pray to a loving Father. We should pray with sins forgiven. We should pray in Jesus’ name and according to His will. All of these things are taught in the Bible. Keep these things in mind while praying, but don’t complicate prayer. Talk with God as if you are having a conversation with a friend. Yes, He is King of creation, but He is also a caring and loving Father.
Keep a Prayer Journal
Along with your prayer list you should keep a journal of the things you have prayed for in the past. Write down when you began praying for it and when God answered your prayers. Use this prayer journal to remind you of the prayer answering God that we serve. He is eager to hear and answer our prayers according to His will.