How to pray

I just knew in my spirit last night that I would be following up the post “Prayer… it is important“. I even mentioned the fact on my Facebook page when I shared my post.

However, I may have forgotten all about it, being wrapped up in my blankets eating hot soup, as I fight and conquer this cold and flu season, until I came across a Facebook post asking, “How do I pray?”

So let’s look at this topic shall we? The best way I know to find out what the Lord would have for us to do, is going to the word. Let’s go to scripture and see what the word of God says about prayer.

But before we do that, let me share my heart with you. We have a relationship with God through His son. When we have the right as His children, to come to His throne room, we may speak to Him as a father.

We may ask, “Father, hear my heart! Know my desires!” And we can be assured that He does. I for one feel that when we pray to the Lord, we do so in relationship. We can speak to Him as our Father, our provider, our friend or our savior. We just need to speak, in our heart or out loud, in our quiet place or while I am grocery shopping. I speak with Him all day long. I regard His opinion and instruction on my day-to-day life and I know that He hears me when I call!

How can I pray? The first scripture that stands out to me on prayer :

 Matthew 6:5-12 

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 “This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from the evil one.

Isn’t it wonderful that we can go to a quiet place and pray to our Lord? We can ask for His will to be done! He knows our heart even before we speak it!
This is so encouraging to me!!! You may read this scripture and wonder, “What, I can’t pray in public?” I think the very heart of this scripture is to examine your motives. We are not to shout it out on rooftops that we are praying for the sake of people seeing us pray. It is not about an image we are trying to bring of ourselves, but a heart condition. We should be praying, because we want the Lords will in our life and others, not just so people can see what we are doing.

 1 John 5: 14-15 

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

The key is to know the Father’s will. Look in the scriptures and make sure the very thing you are believing for, lines up with the word of God. If you find that your heart is in agreement with God’s will,  ask it of Him and know with CONFIDENCE that He hears us. We can trust that He is able to do His will in all situations. we just need to ask.

Psalm 50:14-15 

 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and perform your vows to the Most High,
    and call upon me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.

This scripture shows me that we have the right to speak to God. We are to offer Him our thanksgiving. Be thankful and REJOICE! For He is good. We can call out to him in our trials. He will hear us and we will glorify Him.

This is one  scripture that I LOVE :

Philippians 4:6-7

 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

We are instructed right here, take everything to the Lord! Tell Him what you need! Thank Him for all He has done! Thank Him that He has heard your cries.

Just as I said in yesterday’s blog, when we pray we sense God’s presence. We sense His peace when we rejoice and give Him thanksgiving. We do not have to worry, we do not have to fret. We can know that the Father, knows our hearts cry, and hears our prayers. Do not let the enemy fight you and say you are praying wrong so you may as well give up. Don’t let Him tell you, that you are not receiving the results you are believing for you so you may as well not bother. God HAS heard your cry and that is enough to stand on. Keep praying my friend and if you need someone to stand in agreement with you feel free to visit my prayer and share corner. I would love to pray for your needs and rejoice over your testimonies!!!

May His Spirit quench your thirst and you hunger no morer~

Shaey  Writing for Joy

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