How to Pray?
Praying is an important part of a Christian’s life. It is very easy to pray. To pray, you should first call on God such as Dear Father God, Dear Lord Jesus Christ, or Dear Holy Spirit. After that, you should say whatever your request is. Finally, you must end your prayer with “in Jesus name, Amen”. You must say in Jesus name otherwise it is cannot reach God. This is because Jesus is the mediator between God and men. It is only by the name of Jesus Christ that we can be saved and receive eternal life in heaven. In Acts 4:12 KJV, Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Many Christians don’t pray every day. They would only think of praying when they are a dire situation. As a Christian, you should have a prayer life. When you don’t pray, there is no wall of protection around you and the devil can easily attack you. In order to be strong in Christ, you must pray frequently. Every day, you should spend 1 – 2 hours in prayer.
Matthew 6:9-13 is a model prayer that Jesus teaches his disciples to pray. It doesn’t mean that you have to repeat this prayer every day as it is a model prayer. In this model prayer, Jesus start by praising God’s name. You can start your prayer by saying Hallelujah and praise God’s character and work and give him the glory to all things. After that you can state your requests. You can include scripture quotes in your prayer to remind God about the promises he made.
What Should We Pray for?
Some Christians repeat the same prayer every day in the morning, at meal time and bed time. It is better to pray in your own words rather than repeating a sample prayer. In this way, you can train yourself to pray. If you keep on practice praying, you will soon be skillful in praying in words. Some would turn to the book of Psalm in the bible and simply choose one to pray. Some find it difficult to come up with words in their prayer. There are also Christians who pray for things that are against the biblical standards. Actually, there are many things you can pray for. You should not be selfish and just pray for yourself. Every day, you should include others in your prayer besides praying for yourself.
There are many people we can pray for including government officials, the sick, the poor, those who haven’t accepted Christ, family members, enemies, church members, countries around the world, and church elders.
You should only pray for things that you really need. God will only hear your prayer if you pray according to his will. Besides, you must abide in God and do his commandments. After praying, you must say positive things and keep giving thanks instead of worrying and saying negative things.
Every day, we should pray for God’s forgiveness to our sins. Most of the time, we sin and easily forget about it. This is why it is important to examine ourselves every day. If you have grudge on someone, you should ask that person to forgive you and then ask God to forgive you. In this way, nothing can prevent your prayer from reaching the throne of God.
Praying in the Tongue Language
You can also pray in the tongue language. The tongue language is a gift of the Holy Spirit. You will be able to say it when you has the gift from the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit helping you to pray. It is different from praying with words, like how most people normally pray as you don’t know what you are saying when you pray in the tongue language.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18 KJV)
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:18 KJV)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5 KJV)
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Matthew 6:7 KJV)
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV)
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6 KJV)
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7 KJV)
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 KJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26 KJV)For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. (1 Corinthians 14:2-4 KJV)
If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all:And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. (1 Corinthians 14:23-25 KJV)
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. (Mark 16:17 KJV)
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4 KJV)
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:26-27 KJV)