I learned as a child that it was important to pray and talk to God. I followed the pattern of asking God to bless my meals, then praying for my family and a few needs before bedtime. Sunday School teachers and church leaders encouraged prayer and weekly added to my list of requests. As I grew older I memorized Bible verses that taught me the basics of talking to God.
It was not this nurture and teaching that really taught me how to pray. It was the hard knocks of life that put me in a position of being desperate before my Lord, Savior and Creator that brought growth and strength into that wonderful plan of communication with God.
Prayer was not a one-way process for me to beg God like crazy for all the things I wanted and for the things I needed Him to do. Through much struggle and a hit or miss hands on experience, I realized that there were many ways to pray and that prayer was to be an on going, all day or night process of communication.
Learning to listen to God for His will, plan, guidance and direction was something I did not hear as a child. Using the Word of God as the main tool for getting answers to my prayers did not occur to me either. Meditating on verses I read was for pastors and seminarians.
As trials came, I needed to pray and search for answers to the struggles and challenges that paralyzed me. It was not about praying harder and longer and stressing myself with the burdens. It was all about getting to know Jesus as my best friend so that He could walk with me through every step. It was about learning to abide in Him and in His Word for strength, wisdom and victory. It was about believing that every word of God is true, that He never fails and He always keeps His promises.
I have learned to pray many ways:
- Praise Him for what He has done and for what He will do.
- Adore Him for who He is.
- Thank Him for His blessings and strength through trials.
- Confess sins that I have committed or omitted. Ask Him to forgive me.
- Ask Him to supply needs and work His will in every situation.
- Find Bible verses that relate to needs, pray and believe God with all my heart.
- Pray the Lord’s prayer
Promises: Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you… He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, 24
Partnering with God: Are you overwhelmed with troubles and needs? Keep praying. Never give up. Learn as much as you can about prayer and practice, practice, practice. Get to know Jesus through His Word. He is faithful.
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Partnering with God,