How Do You Pray?

Written by M. Larson

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“God is great; God is good.  Thank you for our daily food.  Amen!”

That is what little kindergarten children may say before having their cookies and milk.  Some older children say it for grace, too.

Some children also have a bedtime prayer–“Now I lay me down to sleep; I pray the Lord my soul to keep. . .”

Many of us have our form prayers, don’t we?  Those prayers are very helpful when we don’t want to get too close to God–or have Him get too close to us!  Some of us lean on the Lord’s Prayer.  Our Lord Jesus gave us this prayer, so it is perfect–if we really mean every word!

Then again, some of us pray insincerely, just wanting to make a good impression on other people.

According to Jesus, that’s what a certain prideful Pharisee did.  This man looked down his long nose at a nearby publican and thanked God he wasn’t like THAT sinner and others like him.  Then in his so-called prayer he bragged about how “good” he was.

The publican, however, bowed his head humbly.  In anguish he cried, “God be merciful to me a sinner!”

We miss out on the joy of prayer if we are not aware of the power and blessing of it!  And we miss out on the true meaning of being a Christian when we do not regularly and conversationally talk with our Lord.  Personal communication with Him is a sweet privilege!

“Pray without ceasing,” Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

How do we do that?  Well, we have to be right with the Lord.  The prophet Amos said, “Can two walk together except they be agreed?”  That’s why we ask God to forgive our sins and  turn us from wrongdoing, so we can be in step with Him.  This may cost us something in worldly pleasure and self-discipline, but the rewards are greater than the cost.  For we are filled with peace and joy when we walk and talk daily with our Lord.

Also, we can speak to Him throughout the day.  We can call quickly and quietly to Him when we need help.  We can discuss with Him our problems and leave them in His capable hands.  We can be lifted to joy by praising and thanking God for His blessings and the beauty it’s of His marvelous creations.

True communication is both speaking and listening.   When we talk with the Lord, we can know He will guide us in the decisions we have to make.  If we trust Him, we will see prayers answered.  We will see Him do “more than we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).  God may not always answer the way we want Him to, but He does answer.

If you record your prayer requests in a little booklet, you will experience great joy when the prayers are answered and you can write the answer in red, alongside the date.  Try it!

Jesus told us, “My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16:23). This promise is real to me.  Is it real to you?

Lord, Teach me to pray. Amen

Questions: Do you find it difficult to be real with God? Why? What does praying to God mean to you?

About the Author Muriel Larson

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7 Responses to “How Do You Pray?”

  • kanj says:

    Muriel, thank you for this devotional. I am slightly behind in reading and responding. But I am so blessed that I have seen this devotional at a time when it touches exactly what I am experiencing.
    Yes, I have been finding lately it very difficult to be close (I choose not to use ‘real’ as I don’t feel it applies) I write daily my prayers and thoughts after reading Scripture and can express myself to the fullest. Yet I’ve found myself in a ‘stymied’ state for a while now and I don’t know why. When I first started praying to God, I found it very un-normal for me (un-normal?). But eventually prayer became more personal between my heart and the Lord and now? Praying to God means that no matter what is happening in my life today, or what has happened in the past, I am not alone, never was alone and never will be alone. He is indeed my Father, loving and forgiving and I give thanks continually for I am so grateful and humbled that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I give thanks everyday for everything, every trial that has happened to me to bring me to today–His child. God bless.

  • All of you dear sisters have contributed to the understanding of prayer. May the Lord bless you for your excellent observations.

  • stacey says:

    I think sometimes it’s hard to see that God has answered our prayers because it is not in the way we think it should be! Sometimes we pray for a certain result and when that specific thing is not done, we think God has failed us when in actuality, his plan for our day to day lives and for our every need include what HE knows is best for us. That’s something that took me a long time to learn!

  • Cathy says:

    Yes God is so good. It is wonderful that Jesus walks everywhere with us. I like the “being still” form of prayer as well where you don’t have to say anything but just enjoy spending time alone with God.

  • joan says:

    I love the fact that God is always there to listen without being judgemental of our mistakes. It is such joy to talk freely to him. He will not correct or make fun of you, as he already knows what it is you have to say. I just want to thank him for his unconditional love to me. What a love that is!

  • ria says:

    I thank God that He is just a prayer away. I love that I can go to Him anytime of the day or night. I will never be put on hold or my call lost. I love that idea of writing down my prayer requests and recording the day that the blessing comes through. Last sunday one of the sisters at church came to me and asked me how my migraine headaches were doing. I almost asked her what headaches? But then I remembered that was one of my prayer petitions to the chruch on a daily basis, I almost forgot that i USED to have bad migraines. God is so good, that those headaches are a thing of the past. I stopped right then and there and thanked God again for the miracle of pain relief. I’m glad I forgot about the pain, but not glad I had not recently thanked him again for the healing.
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  • Denise2 says:

    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us.
    The prophet Amos’ words “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” is such a wonderful reminder of where our heart needs to be in order to be in communication with God.

    I love that I can at any time of the day, speak to our Lord, even if it’s to thank Him for helping me to accomplish a household task, or to thank Him for a song I heard on the radio that really speaks to my heart.

    Our Lord is always there, we don’t have to make an appointment or reschedule our day to spend time with him. He will listen even as we go about our daily work. I never feel alone knowing that He is with me.

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