We talked about becoming a christian, what prayer is, and how prayer is worship. Here’s the link to take another look at Prayer Bootcamp – Day 1.
“Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him.” – Billy Graham
Prayer is communication with God, speaking from the heart.
Colossians 1:3, We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, praying always for you.
Just as we have conversations with people, you can have a chat with God. At first it may seem pretty one-sided, but as you grow and develop your faith we begin to hear the faint whispers of the Holy Spirit (not literal, more like peaceful thoughts that seem to be placed in your mind by someone else).
The Bible gives us a great outline on how we are to pray, it’s called the Lord’s Prayer. Named appropriately, the Lord’s Prayer can be found in Matthew 6:9–13. One of the disciples asked Jesus to teach him how to pray. Jesus responds with,
who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
Jesus did not necessarily mean you must only pray this prayer, though it is a great prayer to use and repeat, but as a guideline on how to pray. The first three of the seven petitions address God; the second four are prayers related to our needs and concerns.
Philippians 4:6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Take a moment and re-read that prayer again. Concentrate and think about what it really means. Can you see it? Can you see how it may relate to you? Do you notice how the first part is about God, not you? We should always put God, and others, ahead of ourselves.
Matthew 6:33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and
all these things will be given to you as well.
Learn A.C.T.S. Prayer
An ACTS Prayer is actually an acronym. Its another guide to help you through your prayers.
This is a simple acronym that is another tool to help guide you through prayer. Remember, it takes practice. Another great way to practice prayer time, whether your a new Christian or been one for awhile, consider a prayer journal.
A prayer journal helps you collect your thoughts, then when you’re done read it through again. Don’t forget to look back too, read prayers from previous weeks or months back. Do you see any answered prayers to praise God about? Can you notice your prayers getting easier to do? Journal in the answers and dates; it is very encouraging.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4.
Time to take action. Take a few moments and review what was discussed. Say an ACTS prayer now. Grab a notebook and start writing in a prayer journal. Enjoy the Journey!
Do you have any prayer requests that you would like to share with the Prayer Warrior Community here? Head on over to the Prayer Board.
*A Glance Ahead:
Tomorrow, we will discuss when to the right time to pray, a few simple prayers to add to your daily life, how prayer ties in with healing.