How to Pray, Part 1


Praying is a gift from our Heavenly Father to His children.  It is a way of communication with the Almighty God.  We learn who He is and what He desires for our lives by talking with Him.  As you grow and mature in your walk with God, I hope you will seek to develop a consistent prayer life.  What does prayer look like and how do we even start?  I have several ways that I like to pray, depending on what is going on in my life and the lives of my family and friends.  But one thing that remains consistent is praying according to a format I learned in Moms in Prayer.  There are four parts that are all designed to bring us into God’s presence with holy hands and a right attitude.  I will list each and explain how each one works, giving scripture for you to use in your prayer time.

The first part is PRAISE.  When we begin our time with God, we should come to Him with a humble attitude, acknowledging who He is through His attributes, character, and names.  I will use God is Omniscient as an example.  Omniscient means to have infinite knowledge, knowing all things.  God is the author of all knowledge and wisdom.  He created everything and holds the universe together.  Take a moment to read the following scriptures:  Psalm 139:1-6, Daniel 2:20-23, and Romans 11:33-34.  Reading these and spending a few moments thinking over them will set your mind to worship God.  Take some time to praise Him for His wisdom, for knowing the end from the beginning, for creating everything we see and beyond, and holding us all securely in the world He has created.

The second part is CONFESSION.  Use this time to search your hearts and confess any sin that He brings to mind.  Ask Him to reveal to you all hidden sin, and ask for His forgiveness.  How wonderful it is that we can come boldly to the throne of grace, confessing our sins before a Holy and just God, who readily and freely forgives us when we come with a repentant heart.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.  This step is vitally important for our relationship with God.  Did you know that as believers, our prayers are hindered by our sin?  God won’t listen to us when we have unconfessed sin.    Psalm 66:18 says “If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”.  When we cherish our sin more than a right relationship with Him, we are walking in disobedience.  Sin blocks not only our communication with God, but it blocks our blessings.  So take some time here to confess any and all sin that you can think of.  

The third part is THANKSGIVING.  The bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 to “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus”.  Being thankful acknowledges all that God has done for you.  We have so much to be thankful for, so many blessings that we do not deserve.  We acknowledge God working in our lives.

The last part is INTERCESSION.  This is where we bring our requests to God, knowing that He alone is in charge and can bring about change.  Of course, not all requests will be answered according to how we desire.  He is sovereign and knows what is best.  His best may not look right or feel good to us, but ultimately we need to trust Him to work on our behalf. Our prayers should not be a laundry list of wants or resemble a child’s Christmas list that they give to Santa.  Instead we should be asking God to work in our lives to make us more like Christ.  As Christians, holiness is our number one priority.  We should be asking the Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of Christ in every way.  We can and should petition God to move in our lives to bring about healing, financial assistance, safety and security.  These things are wonderful to pray for.  And most definitely we should be praying for the salvation of those we know.  This is the most important prayer we can pray, for everything in this world is temporary, but what is on the other side is eternal.

I will be going into more aspects on prayer in upcoming posts, such as praying through God’s Word.  When we pray His Word back to Him, we are praying His will for our lives.  I will also be giving sample prayers for you to add to your quiet time.  I will teach you how to develop your own list of prayers and go over what a prayer journal is and how it will benefit you.

For now, I challenge you to develop a consistent time with God every day.  It can be in the morning, evening, or whenever your schedule allows. We are all in different seasons of life and are juggling many things.  But having this time set aside to spend with God will really set the tone for your day and will change your life.  I promise.

Here is the link for Moms in Prayer that will give you what you need for step one.  Choose one aspect of God to pray over each day.


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