HOW DO I PRAY?
laughs at our words. Mocks at our toil; but, trembles when we
pray," the old saying goes.
our ultimate goal is to communicate with God,
the Almighty Creator of the heavens and the earth, Himself; finding out
who God is personally and letting Him in on who we are personally is one
of our goals. In other words, to talk to God.
do you pray? You might start this way: Shut yourself away with your
Bible if possible. Pause a moment to collect your thoughts, getting your
mind on Jesus and how He saved you from a sure death, accepting you as
His brother and fellow heir to His throne.
you are in vertical conversation, a two-way communication with the
Creator of the universe. Treat your prayer for what it is and not
what it isnt.
said in Matthew 6:9 "Pray then this way." He
gave us the Lords Prayer. He didnt say, always pray this prayer
and thats all, though we often offer it up when we say our prayers
and worship Him. The Lords Prayer or any prayer is not
a required prayer to communicate with God... the Lords Prayer is a
guideline... one prayer to study to learn how He prayed.
is the purification process of your walk in the Christian life, and God
is not finished with us yet. He wants us to come and talk with Him, like Adam and Eve. Like
a young father on a mountain top in Hawaii or at your kitchen
table, or wherever you decide to spend your time with
the Lord. But remember always, God
yearns for a true relationship with you and me, that's one reason He
give us the magnificent gift of prayer.
to know more? Read on
AND HOW DO I PRAY?
Robbie L. Rogers
do we communicate?
its sort of like talking," you say.
but its much more. In communicating we exchange ideas or messages.
world continuously sends messages into outer space, listening for aliens
to reply; it hears none. Thats not communication. Its like talking
to a rock or a hardheaded obstinate child, you get nothing in return
for your side of the conversation.
effective are you at communication? Are you a listener or someone
waiting to jump in. Not listening to what others say, instead youre busy
remembering what it is YOU want to say when they stop talking and in
doing so you miss the point of what they
about your communication with God?
youve not guessed it, prayer is my favorite subject. It boggles my
mind... the completeness of it. We cant fully grasp what we are
capable of doing when we pray. We can effect the entire creation in
both spiritual and physical realms. What power He has reserved for
us. What love He shows in that He allows us to do or be such
Gallup Polls say, 90% of Americans profess to pray. Yet, what kind
of prayers do they say?
with Christians, mostly we do all the talking, hoping God is listening.
Does He always? Usually, but as we will see sometimes our
unrighteous prayers are nothing but hindrances to true communication
Unfortunately sometimes our conversations with God disclose only one
thing... we want our needs met and "Thats-all-folks!"
It points out our spiritual lacking... doesnt it? Our
would have happened if the disciples had done all the talking, instead
of listening and learning from Jesus. What about when we attended school, or professional seminars or training sessions. If we have any concern about
learning we choose to listen more than talk, or else we learn little.
6:6 "When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray
to your Father who is unseen."
goal... should you choose to accept it... is true fellowship...
with whom? God Almighty... not with Holy Spirit and the Gifts,
not even with Christ though it is through the Gift of Christ and Holy
Spirit that we come face to face with true God; and, in knowing Christ
we truly come to know God.
carnal Christians we are but cocoons waiting to become a butterfly...
to be like Him who designed us. Yet to fully know Him we must die
to self that we might fully live.
to sin... die to self fulfillment, and all the things that separate
us from that true fellowship.
is proper prayer?
and foremost... get yourself a regular scheduled prayer and study
time... you decide when that is... and keep it, making an
appointment with God. He
will be there... make sure you are.
might even consider making a covenant with God about it... but do not
take making a covenant with God lightly... it is not one that can be
a song flashes in your mind sing it, lifting your hands in adoration. Now
simply begin to thank God for sending His Son that you may get to know
Him. Then chat with Him about it. Its easy, dont make it
keep that prayer attitude throughout the day.
your prayer life you want a relationship between you and God to develop,
not a ritual. Its sort of like plugging the power tool into the
socket; or, pouring gasoline in the automobile. Without it we fail to
go very far.
6:7 "When you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as
the Gentiles do, for they suppose they will be heard from their many
words. Therefore do not be like them for your Father knows what you need
before you ask."
Charismatic Christians babble in the Spirit. Openly doing things
with their whole-self, unabsorbed with God; we babble with our hearts
in the wrong place.
dont get me wrong. Prayer without ceasing is a wonderful
thing, keeping a prayerful attitude in everything is what we need.
must seek prayer from our heart; if your heart is elsewhere, be
careful your flesh doesnt babble nonsense to God, instead of prayer.
God to give you an interpretation to your own prayers if you are praying
in your prayer language. They will be
This does not mean if you interpret your prayers you are to
do the same when public prayers are offered. Be very careful of that
ministry. A prophet of God falls under great scrutiny from God. Yet,
how will you ever know if you dont allow Holy Spirit to disclose what
you are in fact saying to God.
people pray so others will hear. Like the child yelling out a prayer.
"Please God, give me a big red wagon for my birthday."
mother scolded him saying, "Theres no need to shout, dear! God
is not deaf."
but Grandpa is in the next room." the youngster replied.
we pray, it is not just for others, or ourselves... but for
6:5 "And when you pray, do not be as the hypocrites; for they
love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners, in order
to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
But when you pray, GO INTO YOUR INNER ROOM and when you have shut the
door, pray to your Father who is in secret and your Father who sees in
secret will repay you."
you try to impress others with what are you saying to God... will He
even accept what you are saying, for you stepped out of your prayer
closet and stood in the street for others to hear. Is this
communication with God or with people? Neither... not really.
spent some time in Hawaii, and prayed for God to lead me to the Church.
This was in Honolulu. I walked down the street believing in Gods
desire for the best for me.
was dark, about 9 PM. I had my suit on and a considerable amount of
know how foolish it is to walk in a big city, with crime like it is.
I began crossing a bridge over the Interstate I realized I was in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
kinda funny how they have Interstate Highways in Hawaii when you cant
go anywhere, certainly not to another state.
as I neared the rim of the bridge I saw a suspicious character cross over to my side
of the sidewalk and wait. Only one reason would make him do that. A lump
grew in my throat.
I turn around and go back down... but I had prayed and was following
God openly for one time in my life. Immediately I prayed, reminding
God how it was that I got there in the first place. Asking Him for
can say how presumptuous it was to assume the man meant me harm,
but I knew it was so as sure as I am here now. Suddenly he crossed back
to the other side, walking off the bridge the way he came. I knew God
was with me and would keep me safe, so I proceeded down the other side
into the darkness of the wrong-side-of-town.
remained fearful of my circumstances though, yet I knew God was leading
began raining. If youve ever been in Hawaii you know rain usually
evaporates as fast as it falls, so there was no reason to stop. I
could see a small church in the distance. I knew God was saying I was to attend there
in the morning. There was a car outside and a light inside. I
knocked on the door several times, but got no answer.
worried that it would look suspicious if someone were to see me creeping
about in the darkness so I decided to leave. Suddenly
the bottom fell out and the rain poured down. I ran for
the safety of the church. Rain like that is highly unusual so I took it
as a sign from God. I
again knocked on the door several more times... Still, I got no answer.
rain let up. I left with mixed feelings.
next morning I walked to the church. The neighborhood was more seedy
than I expected. The little church, though, was beautiful, immaculate
yet simple. It was one of the first Episcopal missionary churches in
Hawaii, with windows that swung out like Bimini shutters. The grounds
were profuse with local vegetation, flowers blooming of all colors
and shapes. No church elsewhere had seen such beauty. Birds
and butterflies flew in and out of the chapel as the service proceeded. I
knew I was where God wanted me.
sermon too was most simplistic, yet memorable. It was about prayer. Birds
sang melodiously as the elderly priest began a story about a family that
lived on one of the islands. On the island was a mountain and a Godly
father who prayed an ancient prayer to God. He had many children
and taught them the prayer. When they had a problem they would go to the
top of the mountain and speak to God, using the prayer. God always heard
them so they kept the prayer sacred. But, as generations came and went
much of the prayer was forgotten.
day a young heavy hearted father trudged up the mountain and said to
God. "I dont know what to say. My father taught me as best he
could; but I forgot the prayer and now he too is gone."
young father proceeded to tell his life story and that of his familys
and of what he knew of his fathers family and so on, just talking to
God, telling Him about his trouble and his joys.
old priest said, "Thats what prayer is all about. Not some great
prayer or formula or format. Just talk to your God. He is ready
and willing to listen if you will simply sit down and talk to Him."
did I get to that church? Was it a perchance situation... or God
know I was sent by God through prayer. As a result I have a memory that
will last me a life time, it bolsters me continually.
saved me from a sure disaster, and though I or the person inside the
church, who would not answer the persistent banging on the door that
night, might not have followed His desires completely; I myself
received a great blessing. Maybe there was more. Yet, I could
have easily missed it completely. By not praying and acting faithfully.
you think I always do the right thing, rest assured I do not... but this
I know, God is always willing to work with me... to bless Me when
the time is right or chastise me when my errors in life require it... God is not
through with me yet and the same applies to you.
is a two-way communication, but sometimes even a so called mature
Christian must look for the response in order to find it. No I did
not hear Gods voice telling me to go this way or that, or to pray
about the danger that lay ahead... yet, I knew, just as I know now...
God was and even to this day is in control if I let Him be.
does it mean to be a mature Christian? I am not sure, because none of us
are really ever to the point of crossing the finish line... maturity
keeps moving doesnt it? Yet, I think you are mature when you
finally reach a point that you trust God in all things, and stop blaming
and getting angry at Him.
ever noticed how the spelling of mature... and manure are similar.
you ever think that sometimes a little manure can make us mature?
You remember the story, don't you? Jesus told us about the tree that was not
producing fruit. The Master ordered it cut down, but the man
tending the garden pleaded saying he would fertilize and dig around the
roots one more time. If the Master would give it one more chance.
Yet we get angry when God plops a load of
manure on us.
still dont get it do we? How
small we are to think we know Gods will about everything.
you ever get angry at God when He worked around your roots?
how about the time when you didnt get the little red wagon... the healing...
the promotion... the ministry or something else you wanted badly.
Master gardener, potter, stone-cutter or whatever you needed at
the time, is always at work! We must develop the faith
that He knows what He is doing.
at the consequences. Jesus cursed the fig tree when it was showing
false signs with no fruit. If you want to mature you have to
expect the manure.
then do we pray? Jesus taught us the Lords Prayer, Matthew
6:9-13, starting with, "Our Father who art in heaven."
just a minute... before you begin praying, REMEMBER PRAYER IS GOD'S
SECOND GREATEST GIFT! THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE YOU
PRAY. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD THROUGH JESUS
CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. UNITED WITH THEM AS FRIENDS, YOU ARE COMING
INTO THE HOLY COURTS OF GOD.
against a wandering mind... be quiet... at peace... be humble
and forthright, admitting you are not worthy to come into His presence
except through His mercy and Jesus Christ, who is always with you.
needn't ask for permission though, He has given you that right. Listen
and wait until your heart tells you to speak. Gods office never
precludes our entrance into His chamber. HE IS ALWAYS READY TO HEAR.
Kennedy was the first president to have little children in the White
House for a long time. Little John John would burst into the Presidents
office on occasion with a problem, sometimes crying. President Kennedy
immediately became Daddy and scooped him up, consoled him and
walked out of the office with him in his arms. No matter what
you felt about Kennedy, he gave us a picture of what it is to call on
a child of God, listen for His answers, His guidance, His
leading in your heart. If you are
confused about guidance from God talk to a strong Christian you
trust, one who has YOUR best interests at heart about hearing
God and understanding His direction for YOUR life.
TO THE CREATOR OF THE HEAVENS ABOVE, through the cleansing blood of
Christ. Let there be no mistake to whom you are praying, lesser god's do
exist, only one is true God with power over all.
of lesser gods, here is reportedly a real conversation between Buddha
and one of his students. Bright and early one morning the student
eagerly entered the temple so he might receive further enlightenment.
are you oh mighty Buddha... a wonderful king," the inquisitive
student asked still blinking away the sleepiness from such an early
Buddha answered immediately.
forgive me mighty Buddha for asking but... are you the savior of the
again the answer was immediate, "No."
then, you must be a god, are you a god?"
a king, not the savior, not a god, the curious but sleepy student
pondered this for a moment. "Then what are you," he finally
asked, watching intently as the silent master considered his question?
AWAKE!" Buddha answered.
I didnt make that up it is recorded in many books.
you are communicating with the whole trinity. Your loving very own
Father the Creator of everything, even the counterfeit gods some pray
And God... well He is more than just awake
you can accept it... God was and still is in control even of Voyager II.
In 1977 it left the earth at the speed of a bullet, 9,000 MPH. Twelve
years later it reached Neptune, 2,700 million miles away. Then it left
our solar system. It will not come within one light year to another star
for 958,000 years. There are 100 million galaxies in the universe, we
live in just one of them. In our galaxy there are 100 million stars, our
sun is one of them.
TO THE LORD GOD, King of Kings, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, YOUR
FRIEND! When you do you transcend the vastness of space to the very
throne of the immanent creator of it all; and, He is greater and more
powerful than His creation... yet, He listens to us as we pray,
knowing what we are and what we shall become, even the hairs on our
are many types of prayer. Here are five building blocks
you can rely on for your prayer life: Adoration, confession,
thanksgiving, intercession, and petition.
lets talk about Adoration, a very important part of our prayer
life, often called worship. Praise God for His: goodness, patience,
love, wisdom, power, greatness, holiness, glory, grace, peace, and so
on. (Heb 13:15; Pslm 34:1-3), by way of singing (Pslm 47:6; 92:1,2), dancing
(Pslm 149:3), lifting holy hands (Pslm 63:4, 134:2), musical
instruments (Pslm 81:1-3; 150), and rejoicing. Praising God
is truly an art form few of use... except in church. Scriptures abound
about praising God, rejoicing over what He has done. Yet we spend more
time on other ways of communication; the GIMME part.
GOD FIRST. HE WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU, YET, IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO, SING,
IT WILL WAKE YOUR HEART, SETTING YOUR ATTITUDE. Through the help of the
Holy Spirit, ask for His help in everything. Yield your entire life,
your body, your being to God.
Establish the Holy Spirit as your constant
companion, the Breath of God. In humble supplication and
prayer without ceasing ask the Holy Spirit to help you, Jesus promised
you He would.
Establish a disciplined prayer life. Your life
can be an important example to others. Be exhorted in daily
communication with God through appropriate prayer and reading God's
Seeking God first will set your feet on proper
ground and in the right perspective.
Second type is Confession, or repentance, (Pslm 66:18; John 1:9).
Prayerfully tell God, your Father, in your own words you are sorry for
what you did and are not worthy to speak to Him except through His
Feel free to speak, THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, His
Son. STAND ON HIS WORD; Jesus is the same today as He
said no matter how we transgressed, if we repent and believe in Him we
will be heard by God. Name whatever transgressions you might have
committed, and know you will be be forgiven
Third type prayer is thanksgiving (Philpns 4:6; 1 Thes 5:18),
thank God for your many blessings: material, physical, spiritual,
people, grace, guidance, wealth, family, job, community, church, house,
answer to prayers, etc.
is Intercession sometimes called Supplication, (James 5:14-20; 1
Tim 2:1). Many times we place our prayer life in an "EMERGENCY
ONLY" case... releasing great amounts only when we find
ourselves surrounded by the fires of life. This is the type prayer
we use to pray for others. Visualize them healed, saved.
17:21,23 "I pray... that all of them may be one, Father, just
as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the
world may believe that You have sent Me... May they be brought to
complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me."
Fifth type is Petition (Heb 4:15,16; Jhn 15:7). This is sometimes
called the GIMME prayer, for we often turn it into such instead
of what it should be.
Lift up your plans, hopes, directions, needs,
problems, and pains. Climb into His lap, ask for a vision
for your life. Pray for or about any new or specific tasks He might have
for you. Tell Him what you feel. That you are stepping out in faith that
you heard from Him not yourself or the world. Ask Him to correct your
steps, knowing this will sometimes require Him to break new ground
in your life. Rest assured He will work your roots tenderly.
Overcome fear, tell Him you need Him to
intervene. Ask for courage that you may conquer and claim victory.
years ago I went away fasting and praying for two-weeks. I sought the
Lord concerning a matter. He
answered with Matthew 6:33, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of
don't understand, Lord, I've been doing that for years, haven't I?"
answer again and again was, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of
took me many years to find the true understanding of what that meant.
By then that which I sought God for was long gone. You see God was not
after disclosing things to me as much as He was about building my true
character. Not what the world made of me, but what He knew I was to
I knew what He was saying. It was simple, but I clouded my own
reasoning, wanting complicated answers, not the simple Word that God
gave me. Put Him first, above all else. Not just what would
Jesus do? Don't turn to your flesh or the world, but to God and
His word for the answers.
often we want God to say: first do this, then do that, and if
you do then this will happen. God was not then and usually
is not willing to give us explicit directions. I sought God's voice, he
answered, but I wanted other answers. As I said before, the answer
is... put God first in everything in your life... everything
else will fall into place. Try it, its Gods promise
not a statement from some false god or modern new age guru.
FOR YOUR NEEDS, not greeds. Submerge yourself in His
presence, accept His loving compassion. IF YOU NEED TO, CRY!
THE FIRST FOUR STEPS TOWARD INNER HEALING):
REVIEW YOUR PROBLEMS, describing what the enemy has done, what hurts,
what brought you down. FREE YOURSELF FROM BURDEN
Whether job, family, husband, wife, children, finances, or
otherwise...tell your Father.
God already knows what's wrong, through the Holy Spirit (who
searches all things, even the depths of God)... it is you who need
to talk about it.. not Him.
TELL HIM ABOUT YOUR BITTERNESS, DO NOT JUSTIFY THEM. If
vengeance is needed God will handle it, if you try YOU might be
CONFESS YOUR INABILITY TO STAND ALONE. Tell Him of your need for Him, of
your trials, that you need His strength, that you can't make it
ASK FOR HIS HELP, FOR HIS PROTECTION, for Him to intervene. He wants our
permission, especially if it is an area you have previously
claimed, "Help me Lord." is a key for you, not
Him. He can make rocks sing, however He wants you to choose
the way to TRUE LIFE.
daily with GOD'S HOLY ARMOR. With Gods help put
on the full armor of God by washing in the cleansing BLOOD OF
CHRIST, that you may be made free from sin, and the desire thereof.
Put on the GIRDLE OF TRUTH, that your sinful nature might be held
in check, claiming God's truth, empowered against falsehood.
Wear the BREASTPLATE
OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, that your spirit may always be protected, that it
may remind you to face the enemy in the power of God's righteousness,
given to you through Christ. Rely on God to protect your back side and
the faith to know He will.
Put on the SHOES that you might follow
in His footsteps and spread the good news, forgetting stumble stones,
thorns, and danger that could lie ahead. Press on, knowing Christ
through the Holy Spirit is with you; knowing this, walk in
Carry the SHIELD OF FAITH, that you may be able to
stand guard against attack, ask for the strength to hold it up,
and the trust to stand in faith, victoriously triumphant. God will
Ask that He place on your fragile head the HELMET OF
SALVATION, and ask that the weight of it may remind you from
whence it came.
Place the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, Gods Holy
Word in your right hand, that you might use it, not to kill but to
expose for healing, kept sharp by daily reading.
Wrap in the CLOAK
OF HOLY SPIRIT, that you may be comforted while walking behind the
cross, following Christ footsteps, never leading, listening
attentively for guidance.
WHO YOU ARE when you leave God's Court (your prayer time, or inner
closet), feed on His manna, the word of God. You are a child of God, a
fellow heir to the kingdom, ACT LIKE IT! You will not be
defeated. GOD WILL NOT BE MOCKED.
prayer the first thing on your list for the day and devote yourself
to communicating with Him all day long.
4:12 "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an
attitude of thanksgiving." Meaning to persevere in a constant
mind set of prayer. At all times keeping the Father in your conscious
There are no shortcuts nor
substitutes when it comes to communication with your Lord.
to pray with a definite purpose otherwise you will soon end
up using mundane trivia or babble risking loosing a blessing.
it... Your prayer life, writing your prayers in a journal
recording your walk with Him as He takes you on the journey of you life.
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