Prayers To God – How Do I Pray?
Prayers to God – It’s real simple. Not a lot of formality is required nor rituals involved. That’s right, God wants to hear from you now. The Bible tells us, “Men ought always to pray!” (Luke 18:1) God wants us to pray always, to tell Him about the things we want and/or need. What’s that you ask? If God is all powerful and He knows what we want and/or need before we ask, why do we have to pray to ask Him for them?
The answer to that question is simple. God gave the human race complete authority in the earth. In fact, the Bible says that God gave our first parents ‘dominion over all the earth’.
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth” (Genesis 1:26 NKJV)
Because we humans have dominion in the earth, God will not interfere with our free will, or get involved in our lives unless we ask Him to. That’s where prayers to God come in. And because God loves us so much and really does want to be involved in our lives, He has given us prayer as a means by which we can invite Him to get involved in our lives.
How To Pray
Most of the time it is easy for us to know what we want to pray for or about, but not everyone is sure about how to pray, so that they can be sure that God will hear them. Believe it or not, there are actually wrong ways to pray. The Bible tells us not only how we should pray to God, but things we shouldn’t do when we pray. Here are some of the things that the Bible has to say about praying, and what we should and shouldn’t do when we pray.
God Wants To Hear From You
First of all, you should always know with certainty that God wants to hear from you. In fact, He so wants to hear from you that He put forth this invitation:
“come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we (you) may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
Notice that in this verse, God does not tell us we have to go to a church, or get down on our knees, or whine, or cry, or grovel, in order for Him to hear us? Instead, when we offer prayers to God, He tells us to “come boldly”. When Jesus was instructing His Disciples on how to pray, He said this:
“When you pray, go into your most private room, and closing the door, pray to your Father Who is in secret; and your Father Who sees in secret will reward you in the open. (Matthew 6:6 Amplified Bible)
Prayers To God – (Here’s one that we shouldn’t do)
And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. (Matthew 6:7NKJV) In your prayers do not use a lot of meaningless words. (Matthew 6:7 Today’s English Version)
In Your Prayers To God Forgive Your Enemies
And when you stand praying, if you have a grievance against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you the wrongs you have done. (Mark 11:25 New English Bible)
Notice that in the above verse Jesus uses the words “when you STAND praying”. There is no mention here of getting down on your knees, flat on your face, or in any other unusual position. However, what is notable in this instruction, is that if you expect to get anything from God, you must first forgive your enemies.
“Don’t worry over anything whatever; whenever you pray tell God every detail of your needs in thankful prayer. (Philippians 4:6 Phillips Modern English)
Pray all the time, asking for what you need. (Ephesians 6:18 Jerusalem Bible) Everything you ask and pray for, believe that you have it already, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24 Jerusalem Bible)
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14 & 15 NKJV)
Of course the above Scriptures are not all that the Bible has to say about prayer and how we should do it. But this is surely a good beginning. If you would like to know more how to pray, or many other subjects our readers write in inquiring about, we welcome you to sign up for our newsletter.
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