A common response I get from women is, ‘How do I pray?’ or ‘What do I pray for?’
You may be asking this very question.
I think we sometimes let formality get in the way of just pouring our heart out to Jesus.
His word says, ‘Worry about nothing but instead, pray about EVERYTHING.’
Prayer is not meant to be put on a shelf with a sign that says ‘OPEN in case of emergency.’ It doesn’t need to be long and drawn out or done only in church or at meal time.
Prayer is a precious gift that if used the right way, can be powerful!
Whether you’re a beginner or have been praying a long time but maybe you’re stuck in a stale prayer routine, it’s time to renew your spiritual relationship and conversation with God.
I would say if you don’t do anything else, begin with prayer first thing in the morning. This is the time to give thanks for a new day, a fresh start; this is also the time to ask for guidance and wisdom for whatever is to come that day.
Another helpful tip and something pastors teach is the acronym ACTS, which stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication.
This is a great guide to help you pray; begin your prayer with love and respect for God and all that he is, acknowledge and confess your sins, give him thanks for the blessings as well as his mercy and grace and then tell him your requests, worries, fears, and desires.
Prayer can be done anywhere, while you’re lying in bed, while you’re driving, while you’re waiting in line, while you’re working; really there is no excuse not to pray.
If an old friend pops in your head, pray for them; if you are worried about something maybe finances, health, or your marriage, pray about it, if you need help praying – pray and ask God for guidance.
I love this scripture, “Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” I think the key word here is BELIEVE.
When you pray to God, you can’t come halfheartedly, you must believe he is going to answer; maybe not in your timing or exactly what you wanted but he will answer.
In the end, there really is no right or wrong way to pray, all Jesus wants is for you to come to him for all your needs.
Those of you with children, think of it this way, if your child was hurting or in need of something and they went to everyone but you, how would you feel? What if you were able to help them but they never asked or came to you? All Jesus wants is to help you — if you’ll just ask.
Just remember that the only unanswered prayers are the ones never prayed.
Father, you are wonderful and amazing and your love is so pure. Forgive me for relying on myself or others and not always coming to you first. You know my needs, my hopes and my desires before I even speak them to you and I am thankful that you provide all that I need. I pray for all of those reading this post today, would you help them in their prayer life; fill them with your Holy Spirit and teach them how to pray. Reveal to them what a powerful tool it can be. You died not for us to be afraid and fearful in this life but for us to be full of joy and peace, all we have to do is ask. Please continue to bless this blog and may it reveal your greatness and love to those who do not yet know you. I pray in Jesus’ name – Amen!
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