How to Pray: 5 Practical Tips
I know prayer has power and can change lives, but when I sit down to pray, my mind wanders back to the last season of Downton Abbey or to my to-do list after three minutes. Many Christians struggle with knowing how to pray, and I suspect I’m not alone.
Why do we struggle with how to prayer?
We often believe that in order for prayer to be effective, we must pray long and eloquently. However, Paul was clearly referring to a heart attitude, not a never-ending prayer meeting. The fewer the words, the better the prayer; God hears even our shortest “SOS” prayers.
Tip 2: Read the Bible and Pray Over Verses
Allow David’s words in the Psalms to enliven your prayers, and stop in the Gospels to pray over a verse that strikes you, asking God to work that truth into your heart.
Tip 3: Make Prayer Active and Multi-Sensory
When we turn prayer into a purely mental exercise, it becomes tedious. Lighting a fragrant candle can signal to our brains that “it’s time to pray.” Listening to music can help us focus on God. Many people enjoy doodling, drawing, or painting while praying.
Tip 4: Make Prayer an Integral Part of Your Day
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 says. Why not try an experiment? Start and end your day with prayer. Lift up short prayers to God as often as you can throughout the day.
Tip 5: Pray Expectantly
Remember Colossians 4:2: “Devote Yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful,” and how much more exciting prayer becomes when we keep our eyes open to watch for God’s answers.
What is the right way to pray to God?
I hope they inspire you to make the year 2021 a year of prayer.
- Thank him.
- Ask for God’s will.
- Say what you need.
- Ask for forgiveness.
- Pray with a friend.
- Pray the Word.
- Memorize Scripture.
What do you say when you pray?
You can address God as “Dear God,” “Our Heavenly Father,” “Jehovah,” or any other name you have for him; you can even pray to Jesus if you want. Recognize God’s greatness. If you believe in God, you believe he is the creator of the world and all life on Earth.
Is there a wrong way to pray?
There is no wrong way to pray; people need assurance that what they are doing is correct. Just as children each have their own way of communicating with their parents, we have our own way of communicating with God.
What are the 4 types of prayer?
u201cPrayer is the raising of the mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,u201d writes John Damascene. This definition encompasses the four main types of prayer: adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication.
What is the best prayer to God?
Loved God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods used to cure me; give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you even when I am afraid; through our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.
How do you pray for someone examples?
Almighty God, for this life and the life to come, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen. Lord, please give my treasured friend love and blessings without end.
How should a beginner pray?
What is the procedure for praying?
- Recognize God’s will and sovereignty.
- Express your needs and remember to pray for others.
- Repent and ask for forgiveness.
- Ask God to keep you from temptation.
- Close with praise and adoration.
How do you talk to God?
It’s fine to pray with your eyes open and your head held high, just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent. It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.
How do you know that God has answered your prayers?
God Is Answering Your Prayers in 4 Ways
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Scripture. God always speaks through His word.
- God Answers Your Prayers Through Others.
- God May Answer Your Prayers Audibly.
How do I pray to God for a miracle?
Repeat the Catholic “Miracle Prayer” to help you focus: “Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me, and I forgive all others for what they have done against me in Thy Name.”
Can you pray directly to God?
Praying to God the Father The Bible contains many examples of prayers addressed directly to God. We can’t go wrong when we pray to God the Father, because he is our Creator and the one we should worship. We have direct access to God through Jesus.
What happens if you pray the wrong way?
u201cEven if one prays outside the range of direction, the jurists stipulate that if one has made an effort to determine the direction of the qibla (where due diligence was exercised), and it is later discovered (after the prayer time has elapsed) that the prayer direction was completely incorrect, the prayer will be considered valid.
What does the Bible say about praying alone?
u201cDo not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in synagogues and on street corners to be seen by men… but when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your father who is unseen,u201d Jesus advised.