Prayer- it is the way we communicate with our Heavenly Father. It is extremely important in our everyday lives as Christians. I think we need to start praying big again. In the Bible people would pray for strength to overcome an entire city and have complete faith that when they prayed for a sign, God would tell them which direction to take through it. I feel like the prayers of this generation have become less confident than they could be. We have gotten rather good at giving God the reigns right before a math test or the big game, and don’t get me wrong, those are definitely things we should pray about, but we should also trust Him in the impossible situations. This is definitely something I have struggled with and am still working on, but I see how crucial it is to have such strong faith & that God ALWAYS answers. Here’s the thing though, He always gives us an answer, but that doesn’t mean He always says yes. Sometimes He tells us later, not now, maybe, or just straight up no. No matter what we pray or ask of Him, He will still do what is in His flawless plan. However, this does not mean there’s no reason to pray.
(James 1:5) If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
In this verse we are told that we cannot just magically have wisdom, we must pray and ask for it. Think about it this way, we don’t receive salvation at a certain age or anything like that, it’s whenever we decide for ourselves and go to God requesting it. Same with wisdom, forgiveness, discernment, etc. Prayer is very necessary in order for those virtues to be evident in our lives.
Maybe you’ve only ever been taught how to pray when you need something from God or are in a troubling circumstance. A good piece of scripture to follow while praying is the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13…
This, then, is how you should pray: 9“‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name (Praise the Lord for all He is & everything He has done in your life) 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Give Him your full trust and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through your life) 11 Give us today our daily bread. (This is where you would say any prayer requests: whether for healing, or direction, or wisdom, like we talked about earlier, or anything) 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Confession time, tell Him everything you have done wrong and ask Him to forgive you. Also, let go of any grudges against those who have hurt you.) 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Declare that you feel secure in knowing that our Heavenly Father has the power to completely overcome the devil.)
I am not at all saying this is the ‘only’ or ‘right’ way to pray, because any prayer is a good prayer and God hears them all. I have just found that this outline is excellent if you aren’t sure where to start or just need a little direction to stay focused 🙂 I use this almost everytime I pray & it works really well for me. My favorite part is that it starts out with praise, which is something God demands from us. I try to keep my praise to things simply about my Lord, leaving myself out of it. For example, I wouldn’t usually say “I praise you for loving me unconditionally” rather “I praise you because you are capable of unconditional love”. This way it truly is just about giving all the glory to the One who deserves it. Again, I know this is not required and I do not expect it from everyone, just my personal preference.
I could honestly go on & on & on about the value of prayer and how genuinely powerful it is. You may even see another post on this in the future. I just really love talking to my Creator and hope you have or will experience how wonderful it is!!