I love to pray and it is something I am constantly doing throughout my day. Last week my husband and I had a great time talking about prayer with a group of people and thought I would share more about it after reading your great comments on praying in the spirit.
First of all there is no one way to pray. Praying in tongues is one way to pray, but certainly not the only way. We are told to use all kind of prayers (Ephesians 6:18). As christians we are all called to pray, it’s not just for the pastor, the ‘spiritual elite’ or ‘professional christians’. Some find it easier than others, but one thing is sure – the more you practice the easier it will become.
Different ways of praying can be used to help us connect with God and communicate better our heart’s desires and God’s will. One thing prayer should always be is led by the spirit and not our own list of needs. Prayer is about connecting with God and seeking out his will. It is not a complaints number we can dial (as my husband puts it). Our attitude towards God in prayer can completely change the way we pray. Here is a simple guide on how to pray based on the ‘Lords prayer’ to keep us focused on God and still find resolution for our needs.
1. Acknowledge the Father God to align your thoughts and focus on him. Matthew 6:9
2. Give Him praise. This is where I spend 90% of my prayer time. By praising God I get completely lost in His glory, power, love and wonder and see all my problems fade away. Matthew 6:9
3. Pray His will – to know God’s will you need to know God. This is where reading the Bible becomes very important. Praying scripture is a sure way to be praying the will of God because it is his written word. Matthew 6:10
4. Bring your requests to God – before you spend an hour ranting through your list of needs and people in your life God needs to deal with just remember that God already knows our needs before we even ask for them. Matthew 6:11
5. Receive forgiveness – this is something we can easily skip over in our prayer time. We all sin, so we need to be continually confessing and receiving forgiveness from Christ. This is where God takes care of business in our hearts and can really change us. Matthew 6:12
6. Ask for guidance and protection – we need to allow the holy spirit to guide us down the right path to stay away from sin. No matter how close we are to God no one is exempt from being tempted by sin. We need to always be praying for guidance and protection to keep us on the straight and narrow path of righteousness. Matthew 6:13
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2