Why Pray?

How to Pray.

When to Pray.

What to say or not.

Types of Prayer.

It is one of the ways humans relate to God – we are dependent on God for our very existence.

It helps develop our personality. Prayer is a journey of discoveries. It requires us to trust God with our inner most thoughts and actions. Prayer is more, much more than words – it is a time for our whole being to come to God and feel his love.

Basically, prayer is simply talking to God about anything and everything – sad or happy. He knows all about each of us, but loves it when we take time to talk to him and share our lives with him. It is the “way in” to a conscious relationship with God. Prayer has been with mankind since creation – God talking daily with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. It is at times part of our fundamental nature, that is instinctive.

Prayer is dangerous

The negative side is that it is a temptation to use it as a type of “wish list” asking for things for ourselves – selfish or to want Him to harm people who have hurt you.

How to Pray

How to start – there are no set rules – some people prefer to stand, others to kneel, others to sit and some even prostrate. Quietness is important as it helps one to concentrate and “switch off” so to speak to the hustle and bustle of life – that includes turning off mobile phones!

Should our eyes be open or closes, again it is up to the individual – most find it easier with their eyes closed – it helps concentration on God. Should our hands be together – again different people prefer different ways, some together, others open up ward on their laps or held raised upwards.

The most important thing is that you are spending time with God and enjoying each other’s presence.

When to Pray 

Simply, anytime, anywhere, day or night. It does not matter to God, He is a 24/7 God, 365 days a year – so no excuse. Please don’t pray only when things seem difficult, frightening or sad. Pray especially giving thanks to God for all his blessings. Do not be a fair-weather prayer.

How to begin to pray 

Again this is up to you. Some helpful starter “Dear God ..”; “Our Father ..”; “Heavenly Father..”; “Abba Father ..”; “Wonderful God”; “Dear Loving Father..”. Use whatever feels right to you.

What to Say 

Anything and everything, hoeever5 silly or trivial. It matters to God because you matter to him, you are his child and he is your Heavenly father. It says in the Bible (Matthew 11:28)“Come to me all who are heavily laden, I will give you rest”. He wants to hear your worries and concerns about your life and enjoys rejoicing with you with your successes. Some find it easier to have a guide:

A.C.T.S. = Adoration, confession, thankfulness and supplication.

How to end the prayers 

Again a few helpful ideas are a simple “Amen” or “Lord hear my prayer”.

Types of Prayers 

Meditation, praying in tongues, intercessions, public prayers, set prayers – the Lord’s Prayer, Book of Common Prayer, Grace, Blessings. 

Meditation

Individually or with a group. Important when concentration on God, never let your mind go blank – it allows the devil to enter in.

Praying in tongues

Privately or praying together. If someone speaks in tongues spontaneously at a gathering, it is only valued if it can be interpreted.

Intercessions

Usually a member of the congregation is asked to do this act during the church service. He / she is representing the congregation, saying prayers for the church, the world and leaders and events etc, for the sick and suffering, and requests and thanks for the church in which they belong.

Lord’s Prayer

Explained by Jesus in Matthew 6:5-13

Book of Common Prayer

Alas despite its title it is used less and less these days. It dates back to 1662.

Grace 

Usually said before a meal to give thanks for our food but can be said after as a thanks giving.

Blessing

Said at the end of a service as a form of farewell and encouragement when we say Goodbye to people as we leave them. It is a form of saying God Bless you.

If you are interested in learning more about praying, buy a prayer card or the Book of Common Prayer online.