Prayer is something that every one of us ought to do often. Basically, we normally describe prayer as conversation to God. And that is true. However, I also think that prayer is more than just having “a chat with God.”
You know, different religions pray. Talk of Buddha, Muslims, Christians, and even devil worship. Therefore, there is more to prayer that only you can experience.
Note that the kind of prayer I am writing about is for Christians, whether mature or immature.
Many people wonder, how often should I pray?
It does not matter how often you pray because if I told you that you should pray for one hour or three hours, I would be limiting your mind to that one hour.
And so, as a normal human being, you will only pray for that “specified time”, which to me, is what I call religion and being super passive.
Prayer should be something you should enjoy. So, my answer would be, pray as often as you feel you should; make it a commitment. It is also a sign that you need help from someone who holds superior authority, who is God in this case.
Having grown in a Christian home, we would often pray for meals and that was it. Nonetheless, prayer draws down to something so personal and you have to cultivate it.
Cultivate it? What do you mean?
I would say prayer is a habit that you develop. Yes, a good habit that you cannot do without if you do it right.
Fundamentally, God receives every kind of prayer. In fact, the Bible says that He receives it in a bowl of incense.
Prayer is something that you mean, a commitment, and should be an every day experience.
We often find ourselves in situations where we wonder what happens to our prayers especially when do not get an answer. Sometimes, it can be an instant ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ or ‘wait.’
Of course, everybody wants a yes; nonetheless, we should be courageous enough to accept a ‘no’ or ‘wait’ from God.
However sometimes, God in His infinite mind will often stamp our prayers depending on our hearts.
Have you ever heard of the verse that talks about “praying a miss?”
Most of us find ourselves praying a miss. We are praying for the right things but we are not praying according to the mind of God; alternatively, we could be praying with wrong motivation or motives.
If you are in the journey of learning how to pray, here are five essential areas that you should learn to pray about. I extracted them from The Lord’s Prayer.
1. Ask God to come into your life
That should be the first prayer of any Christian. I heard someone say that is weird when we are calling God to come down while He is always there. That statement, to me, is quite controversial.
Nonetheless, I believe that Christ is a gentleman. He says that He is always standing at the door of our hearts knocking, meaning He cannot come into your heart unless you allow Him too.
Recognizing Him as the Father is a humble gesture that you need Him constantly. And that, to Him, is what He desires every single day.
2. Pray for His will
One marvelous thing that God gave us was a will. We have the right to choose between right and wrong. By the way, God respects your decision in one way or another.
We should also understand that He has a will too. Ouch. Not what everyone wants to hear that since not everyone wants to do what He wants us to do. I agree it is difficult.
But the truth is, you only have to try it and you will begin to see how easy it can become.
When praying, always ask God for His will. I believe that He might have better plans than you have, by the way.
3. Pray for His strength
You know how scared we are everyday when we think of what will happen tomorrow. Let us be honest. It is difficult to live today because fear always overtakes us.
Jesus, however, taught us that we should never care about tomorrow. Learn to live one day at a time. Worry about now and life will be easy.
4. Pray for forgiveness
Let us, first, agree that we are sinners. Okay, Christ paid a price but we are still human. We make mistakes; we are always wandering; we are slow; rebellious, name it.
Therefore, it is our ultimate duty to ask God to forgive us, at least every day. Sometimes we fall short of His glory during the course of our daily activities without even knowing it.
5. Pray for protection
We should understand that we cannot protect ourselves. God protects us and it is His ultimate duty to do so.
Practice to be where He wants you to be, and He will be the light in your darkness and He will protect you from the arrows of the enemy.
Do not neglect prayer. It is also the best way to keep watch, to be alert, and to be vigilant in our daily lives.
Make it a commitment to understand the principles of this marvelous activity, prayer.
Finally, practice basic praying habits such as doing so when you wake up, before you sleep, and before eating any meal. It can be a good place to start.