How to Pray
Prayer and Obedience
Prayer & Obedience. The last thing a lot of us want to hear is that we have to obey God, but why would God do a bunch of good for people that are rebelling against him!? I wouldn't reward my child for running into traffic because my child would think I approved of his dangerous actions! I'd tell the little guy, "Once you stop doing putting yourself in danger I'll give you what you want because I care about you and don't want you to get hurt." So obeying God and Prayer have to go together!
Obedience is showing God you believe Him and Praying is bringing your request before Him! God answers prayers when you are in His will and obeying Him! It's not a random dice roll, If you get in the Will of God you will see prayers fulfilled again and again, it's incredible and amazing!
An example Prayer: Lord God, thank you for who you are and that you never change. I want to know you more but I don't know how, I am having trouble believing what you say. Please help me with my unbelief so I can really know you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
It is really that simple! You pray in Jesus' name because 1 Timothy 2:5 says, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
Please do not hail, or pray to/through Mary or the Saints or the Pope, or in anyone elses name. Only pray to God in the Lord Jesus Christ's name. Because God said there is only one mediator between man and God. To find God we have to go His way, not the worlds way or religions way. "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols." - Isaiah 42:8
.. Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.
And after the fire came a gentle whisper. [NIV]
Elijah didn't hear God in the winds, earthquake, or the fire; but in a gentle whisper. Why? Because this is how God speaks. Notice how Elijah had these encounters and knew God didn't speak in the noticable things, but through the whisper. With Holy Spirit you are able to discern the voice of God. You may get a burning bush type of encounter like Moses but in your daily walk it's that still small voice where God speaks to your spirit, because God is spirit.
God also speaks through people and His Word. This doesn't mean you should hunt for everyones words, let it happen when it happens. You will know His voice because His Truth testifies to your spirit and you feel it inside stirring you up with good things. Even if it's conviction, Godly sorrow leaves no regret. The Word of God is literally Words from God, the Bible. If you ever receive a prophecy, if you are in fear or awe make sure it's in awe or fear of God, not the person prophesying. Gods glory is for Himself, not a prophet.
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. [NIV]
Try to explain what love feels like and you won't touch the surface to someone who has never loved. Love is a knowledge and feeling you can't put inside someone else because it is something you grow into. When you hear from God it's kind of like reading without glasses and it's blurry yet you understand what you are reading and out of nowhere God takes of the glasses and your focus goes, "BAM!" and testifies to your spirit.
Don't be timid to ask God questions, it's not wrong. In the Bible the people asked Jesus tons of questions. The following is an excerpt from Woodrow Kroll (Back to the Bible):
Part of the privilege of access [to God through prayer] means that we can pray about anything and everything. But along with our freedom to pray comes a responsibility to have legitimate expectations. We can ask God to break His Word, but that will be a waste of time because He won't do it. We can insist that we are in a situation where a certain command doesn't apply, but it does. We all experience the temptation to justify wrongdoing [..] by saying, "I prayed about it."
One of the reasons we often feel like God isn't answering comes from our tendency to reduce prayer to just submitting requests. We don't spend time with God in prayer; we simply stop by to hand over our shopping list of things we want for ourselves and others.
God will answer your questions through His Word. We can disregard his answers, and debate them; though we cannot deny them. It's up to you if you choose to accept His answers. Gods answers won't always parallel our own. Do we and God think alike?
Approaches God His Way
Read the Bible! If you live by His word you should be reading it every day, it's your spiritual food. You don't go many days without eating do you? You would die. Well if you aren't feeding off the Word of God then your spirit is starving. Humility and Dilligence is what God looks for.
"If you are strangers to prayer, You are strangers to power." - Billy Sunday
God answer prayer in different ways than our little minds think up, again man and God do not think alike! God wants you to use your faith and also take time to develop a relationship with Him. You must walk His Will. God is not like TV Evangelism where you buy an item like a hankerchief or holy water to get blessed. You can't buy God. If you want blessings then chase God and blessings will chase you.
Here is a note from a sermon by Duane Vanderklok at Resurrection Life Church in Grandville, MI - "Many go through their life defeated and depressed because that's what they expect, they expect to fail. They expect defeat, so that's what they receive. In the Bible it says: As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. According to your faith, so will it be unto you.".
How Do I Pray?
You can speak to God through the blood of Jesus Christ at any moment. So speak to God from your heart! Talk to him like he exists, not like you're reading a book! Get religion out of the way and expose your heart to God, and cry out to Him any way you know how.
Just like you'd talk to a person, you first say their name, and then talk to them. Instead of saying, "Bye". You would say, "In Jesus Name, Amen." Amen simply means to express agreement.
God isn't a stranger to who you are, so talk to Him the way you would with someone who knows you. To put it simple: "Be Real To God." You can't trick Him! He knows Everything!
Try to give God important quality time. Instead of wasting it watching TV, take time to thank God and pray. God loves you and wants to spend time with you, but you have to be willing to put Him at Number 1 in your life. It's up to you how close you want to get to God, and the only way you can do this is by constant communication through prayer and obedience to Him!