Have you ever gone to a prayer meeting and you sit there listening to others pray and you feel as though you will never measure up in your prayer? You feel “Oh, that person prays so eloquently. I love listening to them pray. I sure wish I could pray like them. I’d best not pray out loud…”
Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught His disciples.
∼Luke 11:1 (KJV)
Jesus’ disciples walked with Him on a daily basis and heard Him pray frequently, yet, they still asked Him to teach them how to pray. We have looked at many aspects of prayer during Project Prayer. Today we are going to look at few ways to pray.
Conversation with God
The most important thing to remember is that prayer is a conversation between you and God. You must pray from your heart. You may be thinking, “but God already knows.” He does, but He wants you to visit with Him. Part of prayer is talking to God; however, part of prayer is being still and listening to what He has to tell you.
Tell God what you are feeling, confess your sins asking for forgiveness, praise Him for Who He is and what He has done in your life, and ask Him for what others’ needs are as well as your own.
The Lord’s Prayer
Jesus taught His disciples to pray what we now call The Lord’s Prayer. (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4). He started with acknowledging Who He was praying to (“Our Father in heaven”). He then praised His Father. (“Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”) After this time of worship, our Lord started asking for needs for all in His hearing (“give us this day our daily bread”). There was a time of confession. Jesus, as we know, did not need forgiveness, but He knew we did so He included “forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” Jesus then closed with another time of worship (“for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”)
Another ‘method’ of prayer is similar but is broken down into an acrostic to make it simple to remember:
A – Adoration
Take time to acknowledge God and just worship Him, praising Him for Who He is and what He has done.
C – Confession
Confess your sins. Name your sins to God. Acknowledge you know what you’ve done and you are sorry for those sins. Remember, my friend, that God forgives those sins and separates them away from us. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12 – NASB).
T – Thanksgiving
There is so much for which we need to thank God. Come before Him with thanksgiving.
S – Supplication
Lastly, come before God with your and others’ needs.
And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, “Lord, save me.”
∼Matthew 14:29-30 (KJV)
I like to call this the “Lord, Help!” prayer. It is so very important to spend time in prayer with worship, confession, and supplication. However, there are times throughout our days where we need immediate help from God. It’s one of those quick “I need help now” type prayers. There is nothing wrong with these. “Lord, help!” is all we have time to pray. When Peter was sinking into the sea he looked into Jesus’ eyes and said, “Lord, help!”
Peter prayed from his heart with a very immediate and specific need. In this one short prayer, he acknowledged Who God was (the One Who could save him). He confessed his sin of taking his eyes off of God. And, Peter told God his need. It was a short prayer with so much packed into it.
My friend, have you had a conversation with God lately? Have you prayed a “Lord, Help!” prayer? If not, God is waiting for you to come to Him and have a good visit. Just as a parent longs to hear from their child, so God longs to hear from you. There is so much more that we could unpack here but we are limited by time and space. Come today, friend. Talk to your heavenly Father. He’s waiting.
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Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB),
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