Praying: How to Pray and how it helps
It is a fact that Christians all throughout the world should pray. But, what are the things you should really say to God? Do you know how to pray? How does God really want us to pray?
Helpful suggestions to get started
The time we spent with God is never wasted. Prayers must be part of our everyday routine as eating, sleeping, and drinking.
Spending time with God is very important to achieve healthy spiritual growth, yet many people experience frustration knowing that their prayer life can be much more than it is.
On the other hand, starting a regular prayer routine is not easy, but with these suggestions, you can now pray with ease.
Choose a time to meet God
You can write it down in your appointment notebook. You can fix the time on your mind. If your prayer time is not when you get up early in the morning, you should always remember to make contact with God first thing in your day before you start any of your day-to-day activities.
Set a specific time for a daily appointment with God
This may still vary depending on the circumstances. There are times when it might increase or emergency situations might reduce it. On vacations, holidays, or even days off, plan on how much you will spend time with God.
Choose a peaceful location where you can meet with God
It may be right in your garden, bedroom, of office. Just select a certain place where the interruptions can be kept at their minimum.
Using God’s Help in Our Lives
We certainly need to know what is offered to us in God’s promises. Also where to locate them. We will list some which need to be considered from four angles.
For solving some of your problems. For supplying your spiritual needs. For power for Christian living. For attaining your deepest desires.
One scripture is quoted on each item. Additional references are listed in parentheses in some instances. Carefully consider them.
Forgiveness of all your sins and freedom from guilt:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. (Psalms 32:5,6; Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:7)
For being reconstructed spiritually, or born again, so you can live a new life of righteousness and obedience: “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them: I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Then they will follow My decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20.
For peace of mind:
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
A remedy for loneliness and boredom:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
When you are tormented with fears:
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.” Isaiah 12:2
For making the sinful past right in the sight of God:
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” Romans 4:7-8
“Therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25
For guidance in perplexity:
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
For every trying situation:
“My grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
For insecurity and frustration:
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27
When you are weary:
“Come unto Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
When the load seems heavy:
“Cast all your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalms 55:22
When you face an unusually hard day:
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31
For the indwelling of Jesus to make your life right:
“If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
For being truly happy:
“I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11
For the more abundant life:
“If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” John 15:5
For needed help and strength:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
When confused, and upset:
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever.” Isaiah 32:17 (John 14:1,26)
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24
For deliverance from distress and trouble:
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” Psalms 107:13
For long-held grudges, ill-will, hate, and resentment against others:
“And when you stand praying if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
When worried about the outcome:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
For victory over sin:
“For every child of God can obey Him, Defeating sin and evil pleasure by trusting Christ to help him.” 1 John 5:4
For living forever in happiness:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” John 3:36
(“From the pamphlet “Help for every time of need” // A Voice of Prophecy Publication”)
One of the many reasons why you should pray is that God commanded you to pray. If you are obedient to all His will, then prayer should be part of your life in Him.
The Lord is not trying to hide the truth from you and in this day and age, we need to treasure the truth more than silver and gold.
Deception is rising rampantly in the world and in the church. We need to stick close to the Holy Ghost and ask Him to do what Jesus promises He will do to reveal the truth.
Jesus prayed every day
Why did Jesus pray? The best reason why he prayed was an example so that people could learn from him. Gospels are full of references to Christ’s prayers.
- “Then Jesus went his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray”.” – Matthew 26: 36
Prayer is a way of communicating with God
Prayers let you praise and worship God. It lets you offer confessions of your sins, which can lead to your genuine repentance.
Aside from that, prayers grant you the chance to present your own requests to God.
These aspects of prayer primarily involve communication with the Creator. He cares for you, is personal, and most of all want to commune with you through prayer.
Prayers grants the privilege of experiencing God
Through prayer, you can obtain an experiential basis for your faith.
You do not ignore reasons or intellect for faith, but prayers make you experience the Lord for real on an emotional level.
Prayers strengthen the bonds of believers
Prayers strengthen your relationship with God and when you pray with any other believer, the prayers also strengthen the bonds right between your fellow Christians.