Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you. –2 Chronicles 6:19 NLT
Understanding How to Pray
Many Christians struggle with not knowing how to pray. Prayer is a conversation that builds a relationship with God. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, repetitive, nor eloquent. Your words and thoughts when praying to the heavenly Father are always the right words. He just wants to hear your heart.
First Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) says, “Pray continually,” but this verse can be misunderstood. Praying is a dialogue with God—long or short. It can be as simple as, “Thank You for this day,” “I trust You, Lord; please order my steps today,” “I need Your help,” or “I’m fearful of the unknown.” These are prayers. Prayer is basically putting your requests, concerns, or issues before the Lord, and trusting He will answer.
Prayer is personal—praying when you awake, praying at night, praying in a car, or praying every time you feel the desire to talk to God. It is not programmed prayers. Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) tells us, “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” When you pray, God is always listening.
Prayer is personal, and there is no right or wrong way to pray.
Don’t be intimidated when praying—there is not a prayer that goes unheard by our Father.