Prayer. Conversations with God.

How should I pray?

“In this manner, therefore, pray: . . . “   ~Matthew 6:9

This verse is Jesus telling His disciples how they should pray, it’s better known as the Lord’s Prayer. He is giving them this example of how they should pray, but He first prefaces it with some very important advice, He tells them to go to a quiet place where they can be alone with God.

Prayer. Conversations with God.

We need to understand that prayer isn’t just folding your hands and worshipping God, it’s talking to Him about every single thing in your life—talking to Him all day long—coming straight from the heart!

I talk to Him in my thoughts all the time, especially when I’m alone, through this continual conversation. I deliberately create situations where it’s quiet without interruptions.

I have some of my best conversations with my Creator in my car while I’m driving, (no radio) or in the kitchen while I’m cooking, (no T.V.), in the backyard mowing the lawn, (no headphones) and even while I’m in the bathroom, (no reading). Pretty much anytime I’m alone and in a quiet place.

Do I still have my prayerful, hands folded, eyes closed times of deep heartfelt prayer? Absolutely. Sometimes I sit and pray for everyone and everything in my life. There is a time and a place for, what I call, formal prayer, but I do so love my walk-about, talk-about time with the Lord.

I use to think I needed to say this fancy, formal prayer in order for God to hear me. I thought I needed to be able to pray like the preachers do, with this big, long articulate combination of words, but that’s simply not true. We just need to talk to Him the same way we talk to our best friend—with all out heart.

We need to go to God in every situation, whether good or bad, happy or sad. He wants to hear from us regarding every aspect of our lives—our hopes and fears, our gratitudes and sorrows, as well as our grips and angers. He wants it all, every single drop of the emotion and passion that compels us.

It all goes back to the relationship that He longs to have with us. He wants this non-stop communication with every single one of His children.

Think of it this way . . . if you're a parent, is there anything in the world more important than your kids? Don’t you want them to call you for any reason? Doesn't it light up your heart when they call or stop by just to tell you how much they love you? Well, God feels the same way about us.

“Pray without ceasing”   ~1 Thessalonians 5:17

In this little, tiny verse, Paul is telling us to never stop praying. That clearly tells me that we should talk to God continually. He sticks this warning right at the end of a long list of exhortations. He is telling his fellow Christians what they need to do as the second coming of Jesus rapidly approaches. Here’s the entire list: comfort each other, teach one another, be at peace, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, be patient, pursue what is good, rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in everything. . . for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

This lengthy list ends with Paul identifying exactly who’s desiring all these things for us . . . God! So there it is, this verse is telling us in no uncertain terms that it is the will of God that we talk to Him continually.

And here again, God tells us the same thing . . .

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.”   ~Philippians 4:6

And again . . .

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” ~Colossians 4:2

All you have to do is Google prayer Bible verses and you will quickly discover that God definitely wants us to talk to Him!

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayer.”   ~ Romans 12:12

Did you catch the end of that last verse . . . to be steadfast in prayer? Steadfast is a very interesting word, it means: loyal, committed, devoted, dedicated and determined.

There’s no doubt about it, God wants us to pray and communicate with Him all the time! He wants us to be as dedicated and committed to Him as He is to us.

“Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”   ~Luke 18:1 NIV

Now that we’ve learned how to have continual, heartfelt conversations with our Creator, let’s try to understand the all-loving power of God’s Holy Spirit.

Join me next week for a biblical journey into one of the most difficult to understand topics—the Holy Spirit.

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You might say that I was a rather late spiritual bloomer, tripping my way into the Lord's arms not all that long ago. Nevertheless, I've been on the fast track ever since through a decade of Bible study courses and daily devotion. Changing careers a few years back and becoming a published author of Christian motivational books, leading to spiritual children's books and now this blog.

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