Prayers can be confusing and intimidating to pray! A good number of prayers are scripted but most seem to be on the fly; made up at the moment, depending on the circumstances. I find it confusing if not overwhelming as I try to decide how to pray, what to pray and who do I pray to? Are there specific points that I should always include? When should I pray and can I pray in a wrong way? Some of my friends so naturally include the most meaningful and appropriate things in their prayers. I wish I could as well.
I suspect I’m doing okay but for one reason or another I’m being inspired to find the answers to my questions. Today, I aim to discover the who, what, when, why, where and how, to prayer.
First of all, Who, do I pray to? Do I pray to “our Father in Heaven”, “our Heavenly Father”, “Dear God”, “Dear Father” or “Dear Abba”? Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes and yes! What about, “Jesus”, can I pray to him? Yes! And the, “Holy Spirit”, Can I pray to him? Yes! There you go, and this is just the beginning.
Each are involved in my prayers. Jesus pleads to the Father and gives me access to God.(Ephesians 2:18) and (Psalm 119:19) The Holy Spirit lives in me and intercedes on my behalf (Romans 8:26) and God the Father is full of compassion (Psalm 145:8-9) I can pray, “Dear God”, “Dear Jesus” or “Dear Holy Spirit”. All are one, making up the Godhead. (John 10:30) (John 15:23) (John 14: 9-11) God the Creator (Genesis 1:1), Jesus the Savior (Luke 2:11) and the Holy Spirit is the Enabler (Ephesians 3:20). What makes a difference, is that I pray. God knows what’s going on in my life, Jesus sits at His right-hand making intersessions for me and the Holy Spirit was sent to live in me and enable me.
Okay so now;
What do I pray? Pray about everything, and worry about nothing (Philippians 4:6 NLT) Seek God’s mercy and ask for His grace to aid me when I am in need. (Hebrews 4:16 ICB) Tell God my concerns and what is making me anxious (1 Peter 5:7 ESV) Offer thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV) Pray for healing and change (James 5:16 ICB)
When do I pray? Pray all the time no matter what happens and give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 MSG) Pray even when I don’t know what to say when I am overwhelmed with sadness, grief or pain. Just try and the Holy Spirit will fill in the blanks and groan what words cannot say. (Romans 8:26 GNT)
Why should I pray? God wants us to courageously talk to Him and He has promised to hear our prayers because he loves us. (1 John 5:14 GNT)
How do I pray? Prayer is just talking with God. Approach in confidence because God can’t lie and must keep His promises to hear and listen. Out load or silently in our hearts (Hebrews 4:16 NLT) (Hebrews 6:18 ISV)
Pray to Abba, Heavenly Father, in the power of God the Spirit, in the name of or by the authority of God the Son. This is the trinitarian structure for prayer in the Bible.
Is there a wrong way to pray or things not to include in prayer? Definitely!
I think it would be foolish to think that God will accept any request from anyone in any format. Am I not repenting a sin but still expecting God to hear my request? (Proverbs 15:8 GNT) God is the only judge so I must be careful not to pass judgment on others in prayer. I must not put on a show and pray for attention (Matthew 6:5 NIV). Don’t use a lot of fancy words and useless phrases, being insincere and avoid superstitions and repeating over and over the same prayer (Matthew 6:7-8 NIV). Praying for selfish motives the Bible says won’t be realized (James 4:3 GNT). I must honor my spouse otherwise I have disrupted the connection of my prayer to God (1 Peter 3:7 GNT).
Well, I am much clearer on the content of my prayers, I you are too. Practice makes perfect. Blessings to you my brothers and sisters.