Prayer has been on my mind a lot lately. We each have our own individual uniqueness in how we pray.
God hears us when we pray. The Bible shows us the many men and women who went to God in prayer. Even Jesus prayed.
As you read along you will read the many prayers and petitions of people, and will see many different ways in which they prayed.
But, for some and at times even us, sometimes prayer can be difficult. Many people struggle with knowing how to pray. I myself pray daily and talk to Jesus throughout my day, there’s always a song in my head. I too, at times find myself asking God ” Is my praying good enough God?” “How can I pray better for you?”. In reality, I know my prayers are good enough, as long as I’m praying with heart-felt love, I know he hears me.
Then you will come and pray to me, and I will listen to you
“Paul was surely talking about a heartfelt attitude, not a never-ending prayer meeting or devotional time” (crosswalk.com)
Crosswalk.com gives us the following tips for praying 1) Pray simply. 2) Read the Bible and pray over verses. 3) Make prayer active and multisensory ( light a candle, listen to music, doodling, drawing, or painting). 4) make prayer an integral part of your day. 5) Pray expectantly (Jesus invites us to expect God to work).
The Psalms and Paul’s letters are full of prayers and are another good go-to for me if I feel like I’m struggling. You may find specific prayers there that may be just what you’re looking for, or what you may be feeling inside. There have been times during my Bible reading time that I’ve read something and it popped out at me and I’ll say ” God, how did you know? That’s how I feel”. Then I give praises to him.
You can also keep a prayer journal if you’d like. When I pray, I talk to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit as if I am sitting down having a conversation with you.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:9-13 “This then is how you should pray”, Then he gives us the Lord’s Prayer.
” Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you…”
Matthew 7:7 NIV
Don’t sell yourself short, God hears any and all prayers. Our prayers can be simple or longer, it’s whatever works for our individual selves, God created us in his image, and he gave us our individual uniqueness, your prayers and walk with the Lord will be unique to you.
* This post was originally published on September 8, 2020
Used with permission from Paula Short.