Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7: 7-8
Just about everybody prays at some time or another. When we're in a tough spot, we're likely to pray more. Most of us understand that prayer is important. It is one way we can connect to God. But there are also many people, even regular church goers, who confess they don't pray enough, or they aren't sure how to pray, or they simply give up because their prayers seem to go unanswered. But actually, there's no such thing as 'unanswered prayer'. God answers every prayer with yes, no, or later.
HERE ARE SOME PRAYER TIPS, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, FOR ANYONE WHO FINDS IT HARD TO PRAY.
1) Never become so holy that you outgrow your need to pray the Lord's Prayer (see below)
2) Many find it best to start the day and end the day in prayer.
3) Reflect on a passage from the Bible before prayer as a bridge into prayer.
4) Public prayer by itself is just not enough. Pray in private.
5) When you are frustrated, be open with God and tell him all your feelings.
6) Don't be too hard on yourself if you miss your designated prayer once in a while.
7) in prayer, honesty is everything. Don't try to fool God, you won't succeed.
8) If people ask you to pray for them honour your commitment.
9) It's always good to read some books on prayer, but they won't help much if you don't actually pray.
10) Praying in a noisy environment is OK, but far more beneficial to find a quiet spot to still your mind.
PRAYER CAUSES THINGS TO HAPPEN THAT WOULDN'T HAPPEN IF YOU DIDN'T PRAY!
SOME USEFUL PRAYERS TO HELP YOU ON YOUR SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
THE LORD'S PRAYER
One of the best-loved and most-spoken Christian prayers on the planet. Definitely one to pray every day!
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
THE 23RD PSALM
This much loved poem from the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament (The Hebrew Bible) is frequently read and recited by Jews and Christians alike. To this day it gives hope and comfort to millions of people around the world.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
A PRAYER FOR WORLD PEACE
This is a very fine prayer for international peace.
O Lord God, we pray for peace and love in all the nations, among all the people that all wars and hatred will end. We pray for all those who suffer from war, injustice and intolerance, for the children, young people, the poor and neglected ones. We pray for peace in our life, our lands, nations, families and in our hearts; for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
SOME MORE PRAYERS FOR YOUR JOURNEY
FOR MY OWN PARISH CHURCH
This wonderful contemporary prayer by Rachel Wogo gives thanks to God for showering so many gifts and talents on a church congregation.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for my church. Whilst some might think of doors and windows, I'm praising you for spirits and hearts. The people whose lives you have intersected are remarkable through your grace.
I can't praise you enough for the unique way you have blended the talents of individuals into beautiful masterpieces of joy. May we love one another to the fullest, and be evidence of your ultimate love to advance the work of your kingdom. Amen.
FOR PEOPLE IN NEED
Many will appreciate the usefulness of this fine prayer by Frank Colquhoun for anyone who is suffering.
Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, and still comes to us in the guise of the needy: hear us as we pray for those in distress...
The hungry and the homeless; the disabled, the mentally afflicted and depressed; the sick and the dying; the aged, the lonely, and the bereaved.
Help us, O Lord, who offer these prayers, to take sufferings of others upon ourselves, and so by your grace to become the agents of your transforming love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A CHILD'S BEDTIME PRAYER
Love this prayer! Bet you do too! Definitely a hint of the great St Francis of Assisi here.
Now I lay me down to rest, I pray that all the world be blessed.
Lady Moon and Sister Star watch over me from afar.
The Lord of Dream will dance and sing, and to me sweet dreams he'll bring.
And when I awake to greet the day, Brother Sun will light the way. Amen.