Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Prayer 101


If you are like me, sometimes I get confused on how to pray, when to pray, what to pray for, and so forth. Here are some helpful hints to guide you in your prayer life.

1. Prayer should be humble.
O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear. Psalm 10:17

2. Prayer should be bold.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:13-15

3. Prayer should be in faith.
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

4. Prayer should be sincere.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Psalm 145:18

5. Prayer should be simple.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8

6. Prayer should be persistent.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Col 4:2

7. Prayer should be in accord with God's will.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14

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