3 Simple Ways to Pray

 

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 “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.”  Author Unknown

 

10 second summary:  Say a prayer, thanking God for his blessings, asking for His help and wisdom, and asking how you can bless others.  Squeeze in a quick prayer with your family today, too.


Simple ways to pray

How often do we stop and pray?  If you’re like me, it’s only when you intentionally stop and include prayer in your day that it actually happens.  It’s so easy to get busy and blast into our day without stopping to thank God for His blessings and ask Him for His help and guidance.  So today, take 10 to start the day right (or pause and continue it right).  Don’t worry too much about what to say or “praying the right way.”  Just pray from the heart, and if you need a few tips include:

  • Thank you God for…
  • You are awesome because…
  • Please help me with/meet these needs…
  • Forgive me and help me forgive others including…
  • Please bless these people…(include one leader/friend/relative you don’t pray for every day)
  • Please help me bless others…
  • Please give me guidance, wisdom, and safety…
  • Thank You, I love You, I trust You, I need You, You are awesome…

These loosely follow the guidelines Jesus gave His disciples when they asked Him how they should pray.  Read the story and see what stands out to you in Matthew 6:9-13.


Prayer helps us grow spiritually

The Christian Life and Service Seminars series (offered at Carefree Church as Class 201) reminds us that growing and maturing in Christ is not automatic.  There are four spiritual disciplines (aka activities we should do regularly) that will help us grow and mature in the Lord, and experience His presence, love, and peace more strongly day by day.  The four categories are:

  1. Time with God’s Word
  2. Prayer
  3. Tithing
  4. Fellowship

There are many amazing references in the Bible regarding prayer, but one key promise is found in John 15:7-8 (GN) “If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, then you will ask for anything you wish, and you shall have it…in this way you become my disciples.”

This verse doesn’t mean that we can say a prayer for any wacky thing we decide we want for no good reason (I’ll take a new sports car with a side order of a larger house please), but it means that as we read and study God’s word, and talk to Him in prayer, He will guide us in the right desires and actions and answer our prayers.  (So I may not get a fancy car and house, but I can be thankful for the ones I have and pray they are protected against excessive wear and tear, that I can make the payments, etc.)

Romans 12:12 (Ph) says, “Base your happiness on your hope in Christ.  When trials come, endure them patiently; steadfastly maintain the habit of prayer.”  (Emphasis added.)  So it’s important to pray regularly, each day, and build it into a positive habit.  I like to start my day with reading my Bible as I eat breakfast then following that up with time in prayer.  It creates a regular habit in my schedule, which makes it easier for me to remember and stick to.


3 simple ways to pray from the heart

A few thoughts regarding approaching prayer with the right attitude, again from the Christian Life and Service Seminars series (offered at Carefree Church as Class 201):

  • Be real.  Don’t try to impress others, don’t try to impress God.  “When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.”  Matthew 6:5
  • Be relaxed.  “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen.  Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”  Matthew 6:6
  • Be revealing.  “Don’t recite the same prayer over and over as the heathen do, who think prayers are answered only by repeating them again and again.  Remember, your Father knows exactly what you need before you ask Him!”  Matthew 6:7-8 (LB)

Don’t stress out about your prayers.  God loves you so much and just wants a chance to talk and spend time with you.  After all, He sent His son to die for us, to give us the privilege of getting to know and spend time with Him!  I know that thought really puts things into perspective for me…and helps me be grateful for the opportunity of prayer rather than seeing it as a rote obligation.

Lots to think about with prayer, but keep it simple, speak from your heart, and pray daily and regularly.  Don’t stress out about it, just do it!  Start today, and find an activity to link it to (like eating breakfast, drinking your morning coffee, etc.) to turn it into a positive habit and make it part of your daily schedule.

Selene

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