How do you pray? What is the right way to pray? What type of prayer is the key to open the blessings of heaven? Which position should you assume to give the most power to prayer? What words should you use and how should you arrange them to get God’s attention? Should you pray in tongues for some things and common language for others? What is “common” language, and how should you use it?
Shall I go on? You probably see the point I’m reaching for in these samplings of questions from books I’ve seen on “How to Pray.” Books, Books, and more Books. On all sorts of “How To’s.” Only one book is necessary to find all the “How To” needed: the Bible. All others beyond just that are — well, the “making of many books.”
“Of making books there is no end. And much (needless) study wearies the body.” ECCLESIASTES 12:12
May I propose a learned, experienced, practical, and fairly common sense AND biblical suggestion in approach to prayer for those who may be new to the faith? Who are serious and sincere in asking the question?
If you don’t know how to pray at the beginning of your journey — just pray! Pray with a sincere heart and with a purpose of communication with Almighty God! He won’t misunderstand you or your words – it’s a promise. If you are insecure about getting your true meaning across to Him at first — keep praying until YOU are satisfied that you got your point communicated to Him of what is of the utmost importance to you at that moment. But that’s for your own satisfaction and peace of mind — because He got all that was on your heart immediately with your first “Hello God my Savior – can we talk?” Or whatever the first words out of your mouth were.
The secret to prayer? Our loving heavenly Father Just LOVES one on one’s with His loving children who come to Him in personal communion called prayer! And that’s no secret. Now, pray often. About anything and everything. Experiment in personal ways for you to pray. If you were an ace baseball pitcher and He was your baseball catcher, you will never throw such a trick curveball or knuckleball that He can’t catch with ease. Nothing will ever get past Him. So relax and enjoy your conversations with Him. He certainly does. -g.w. (at the bottom of this page I provided the Lord’s example of prayer in scripture).
P.S. Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here. What I am NOT saying is that prayer is simple! What I am saying is prayer is a mystery! A mystery that is personal, critical, and a very important instruction by the Lord, our Savior for all of us who belong to Him, to engage in. The more we engage in prayer the more understanding we gain of how critical and personal it is. And corporate prayer is equally as mysterious, personal and critical as alone-time prayer in our prayer closets! -g.w.
The Lord bless you this Lord’s Day with His deeply abiding Goodness. Amen.
Gospel of John
Chap. 17:1-26 [ The Lord’s Prayer: as a living example of prayer ]
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus Prays for His Disciples
6 “I have revealed you[a] to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of[b] your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by[c] that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them,for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those (you and me) who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”