The power of prayer is proven to work miracles. Prayer, when said with sincerity, passion and from the heart, can bring about powerful positive changes. Many people worry about how to pray, but they really shouldn’t, because as long as its heartfelt, its really a personal matter.
Prayer is the means by which we can help to bring God’s incredible power of love, healing and compassion into our daily life. When we pray, we are appealing to God and asking Him for help, guidance, patience, understanding, healing and so much more. If you’re unsure how to best pray, these tips might help you:
- Pray with a childlike innocence and believe deep in your heart that God hears you.
- Speak in plain, simple language and always be respectful and hopeful.
- Don’t be afraid to be passionate! God is love and kindness and as our Heavenly Father, its okay for us to pray with fervor. In fact, sometimes our need is so great, we actually beseech God, which is fine, because if your need is that urgent, God understands.
- Let faith rule your heart and words. When we pray, we should have true faith — believe, trust, respect, love and know without a doubt, that God is our almighty creator.
- Remember to listen. When we pray, we’re asking God for something and its vitally important that we have an open heart to hear what He tells us — most likely, we will feel it, rather than actually hearing it, so by “listen,” I mean to have truly let down your earthly guard, so as to be able to better hear the heavenly answer.
- Remember to say “please” and “thank you.” When we pray, we should remember that God is not in our world, but it is we who are in His — we are His children. Saying “please” and “thank you” is respectful.
- Seek forgiveness. I think its so important to always seek forgiveness, even if you think you haven’t done anything wrong. One thing we also sometimes forget, is to ask God for help in being repentant. It’s not just enough to seek forgiveness — trying to change our ways is also critical.
- Pray for others as well. We should remember that prayer is also precious when we’re praying for other people, even people we don’t know. We can pray for the poor all around the world, or for a the people of a particular country who may be suffering.
- We can pray just to praise God and say thank you. Prayer doesn’t need to be about asking for something. Try praying just to “chat” with God and/or to just say…“thank you!” and “I love you!”
- We often think of prayers being said at bedtime, but really, Prayer can be said throughout the day, even if it’s just to say “Thank you for everything God, I love you with all of my heart.”
“We can’t always withdraw to quiet hillsides to pray, but Christ will meet with us in the quiet places of our hearts.” – Sheila Walsh
Prayer is personal. Its our way of communicating with God, so you have to follow your heart. As Christians, we also have to put Christ at the center, so I almost always conclude a prayer with “I pray in Jesus’s name, Amen….” I also pray to Jesus only, but in all of my prayer’s I tell the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus that I love them, because I do — it doesn’t matter Catholic or Protestant, because we know that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother Jesus and we know that Jesus is the Son of God, so I include them, as well as pray to them.
Prayer is very powerful and if one believes and has true faith, prayer can lift our spirits, give us hope and a instill within us a feeling of safety and harmony.
“Faith is the most powerful of all forces operating in humanity and when you have it in depth nothing can get you down.” –Norman Vincent Peale
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6