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How do I Pray?

To pray is to talk to God, to have a conversation with Him.

When do you pray?
Make sure that you set time apart every day to pray and spend time with God. You can pray early in the morning Psalm 5:3, or late at night Luke 6:12. The Bible commands us to pray without ceasing 1 Thess. 5:17, that is, to be in constant communication with God.

Where do you pray?
Jesus said “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” Matt. 6:6. The point is to be isolated from all distractions and totally focus on our time with God.

How to pray?
God is not impressed with our words. Matt. 6:7  He looks into our hearts. Psalm 34:18  So when you pray, just talk to God from your heart, just as you talk to your father or a close friend who cares deeply about you.

When you pray, please consider these Biblical prayers:

Giving thanks
The Bible commands us “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess. 5:18 When you pray, always thank the Lord for His grace, His mercy, His salvation, your day, your situations (the good and the bad ones,) answered prayers…etc.

Praying the scripture
Praying the scriptures is a great way to communicate with God and meditate on His word. For example:  Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:27-28  You can pray this scripture by thanking Jesus that He is the eternal life giver and that you are eternally secure in His Power. You can also ask that the Lord gives you an ear that is sensitive to the voice of the Shepherd and a heart that is willing to obey.

Intercessory prayers
Intercessory prayer is to intercede to God on behalf on someone else. Most importantly it is to intercede to God on behalf on those who don’t know Him, so His wrath on their sin will be turned away from them.  Ezekiel 22:30-31.
Moses (Exodus 32:11-14,) Daniel (Dan. 9,) Samuel (1 Samuel 12:23,) Amos (Amos 7:1-6, ) Paul (Galatians 4:19,) and many others in the Bible interceded to God so that He would turn away His wrath on sin.

As Christians, we are commanded to seek first the kingdom of God. Matt. 6:33 You must pray and intercede on behalf of the lost so that God would open their hearts, so they can obtain the eternal life that can only be found in Jesus.

So please commit to pray fervently daily for your friends, family members, city and nation that the Lord will save souls and open the hearts.  James 5:16

Praying in tongues
Although the gift of tongues is not for all believers, tongues as a prayer language is available to all believers.  (We will discuss that in detail in our discussion on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.)

Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you tongues as a prayer language.

Praying in tongues, or praying in the Spirit, will build your relationship with the Lord. We see many benefits to praying in the Spirit in the Bible:
   1) When you pray in tongues, you pray “the wonderful works of God” Acts 2:11. Note that tongues weren’t given in the day of Pentecost to evangelize the lost, but rather the lost heard the disciples praised God in their language.
  2) When you pray in tongues, your pray according to the exact will of God. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[b] with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
 3) Praying in tongues is one of the weapons in the full armor of God “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” Eph. 6:18. Praying in tongues is essential in your spiritual warfare against the powers of darkness.