Prayer - Talking to God
What could be more natural between two people who love each other than to communicate? Surely one would expect to see an enormous amount of communication between a man and the God he loves with all his heart, soul, mind and strength. Yet, this is far from what we observe! Communication of this sort is not natural. It must be learned. There are many hindrances – all of which Satan will gladly use in his campaign to keep us off our knees. Yet, they can all be overcome if we are willing to rely on God and give prayer the priority it deserves.
Jesus, a busy man, finds time to pray. He finds a place and a time free from distraction. Suggested scriptures: Psalm 42:1; Psalm 63:1; Luke 6:12; Hebrews 5:7
It is not necessarily natural to pray. Even Jesus’s disciples needed to be given an example – both in words and in what He did. Develop structure in your prayer life. The acronym “ACTS” (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication) – is a good guideline.
1 Peter 4:7
Praying out loud is a good way to keep from being distracted.
Personal righteousness when coming before God in prayer will help you to stay focused in prayer.
Be persistent in prayer.
1 John 5:14
Pray for God’s will to be done in your prayers – not simply your own. They could be two very different things.
Pray in faith.
Suggested scriptures to help in your prayer life: Matthew 6:5; John 9:31; John 14:13-14; Colossians 4:2-4; James 5:16-17; Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 5:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 Peter 5:7; 1 John 5:14; Matthew 6:16-18; Nehemiah 1:4; Isaiah 58; Joel 2:12; Acts 14:23
Set a time and length to pray every day.
Write out a prayer list.