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Lord, Teach Us To Pray

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My dear Christian brothers and sisters, I want to tell you this, there is nothing more important than to learn how to pray. Prayer can heal when we truly believe; prayer can comfort us when we speak personally to God. In prayer, we see miracles in God’s time.

GOD HEARS YOUR PRAYERS. “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you” (Jeremiah 29:12). “Call upon Me in the time of trouble and I will be there with you.” Yes, but how do I pray?

Glorify God. As in, Most Holy Lord. When you pray, pray like you are talking to your Father, which you are. You are praying to God our Father. Tell your concerns to God. He wants to hear your heart. Remember, God doesn’t make deals, such as “if You do this for me, I will do this for You.”

Pray simply. I have often prayed “SOS” Prayers. Prayers like “Lord, help me.” “Lord, I can’t do this without You.” “Lord, calm my fears.”

Talk to God in everyday language. Martin Luther once said, “The fewer the words, the better the prayer.” In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 we are told to “rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances.” Look for prayer moments that work for you. God hears your thoughts, so pray as you think. You don’t have to be in a secluded place.

When you are at a loss for words, try this: “Lord God, I am at a loss for words. I am not sure how to pray for this situation, but I know that You promise to hear my prayers so I want to try praying now. Hear me as I pray.  Most Holy and everlasting Lord, please be my comfort, my support, my strength, and my shield. Please help me to overcome all that the evil one tries to throw my way. Help me to depend on You and to find great joy and peace in Your presence. Thank You for always loving me and never leaving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Another way to remember how to pray that I like to use is:

(A)doration:
Praise God. It shows a deep love for Jesus. Respect, show fondness, exalt and extol.

(C)onfession:
We admit that are sinners, that we can do nothing without Jesus.

(T)hanksgiving:
We express gratitude for everything that Jesus has done for us.

(S)upplication:
This is an expression of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.

Just think of ADORATION, CONFESSION, THANKSGIVING, and SUPPLICATION.

Think of ACTS, the act of prayer.