How to pray properly
When it comes to praying, there is no one right way to do it. However, there are some things that you can keep in mind to help you get the most out of your prayer time. Here are a few tips on how to pray properly.
Understand that prayer is a conversation with God
Being in conversation with God can be an awe-inspiring experience. It brings us closer to the divine and gives us spiritual strength and comfort. To get the most out of prayer, it’s important to have a deeper understanding of what it means to pray. Prayer is more than making requests or thanking God; it’s also a time to be honest with ourselves, letting go of all the negative emotions that can clutter our thoughts, and connecting ourselves to God’s truth and love. Prayer helps us grow closer in our relationship with Him; when we take the time to hear God’s voice in our hearts, we are reminded of His goodness, and our souls can be embraced by His grace.
Be honest with God – tell Him what’s on your mind, both the good and the bad
It’s easy to think of God only as the divine figure that we turned to in tough moments or in times when we need something from them. But God deserves much more than simply being cast to the side for our biggest problems. We should strive to keep an open dialogue with Him on a daily basis, consistently sharing both the good and bad that inhabits our minds. Doing this allows God to truly understand who we are and provides us with a faithful confidant that can always stand by us no matter what. It’s only through honesty with God that we can find true comfort and inner peace in our relationship with Him.
Don’t just ask for things – take time to praise and thank Him as well
When we come to God in prayer, it is all too easy to fall into the same pattern: ask, and wait for the answer. But this way of engaging with God can often feel transactional and one-sided. We need to be sure that we take time to praise and thank Him as well. Doing so helps us to cultivate a more dynamic relationship with our Heavenly Father, showing that we recognize His love and blessings, even when we don’t have something specific to ask of Him. Taking time to praise and thank the Lord opens our hearts up to a fuller experience of His grace and mercy, allowing us to both receive peace in knowing He is near and offer greater appreciation for what has already been given.
Be patient – don’t expect an immediate answer to every prayer
Patience is a virtue that we all could benefit from, especially when it comes to prayer. Oftentimes, we may find ourselves wondering why God has yet to answer our prayers despite us faithfully dedicating time and energy into praying. We must remember that God works on his own timeframe and even though he is listening to our desires and supplications, it does not mean that we will receive an immediate answer. This does not mean that He is ignoring us or does not care about our situation; rather, He knows best what the correct timing for response would be. Rather than impatiently demanding an explanation from God, focus your attention on continuing to supplement your prayer with your faith in Him to deliver the answer at the perfect time when it can do the most good.
Keep praying even when it feels like nothing is happening
No matter how long we have been praying, it can be very disheartening when it feels like our prayers are not being answered. We may feel overwhelmed and frustrated at times, asking ourselves “why bother?” It’s important to remember that even though something may not happen right away, God is still listening and He hasn’t forgotten us. Our faith based on trust in God’s perfect judgment should help guide us through any difficult season of prayer. A longing in our hearts should remain faithful even when we don’t feel like it. It’s then that we can truly experience His grace and witness the power of prayer!
Remember that God loves you and wants what’s best for you
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming and it seems like there is no one watching out for us. But that’s not true. God is always there, watching over us and loving us unconditionally. He wants what’s best for us and even though it might be hard to accept at times, what He has planned for us will always ultimately be for our benefit. We just have to remember that in whatever we are facing on a daily basis, His love never fails, and we can rest in knowing that He truly has the best plan laid out for us as long as we look to Him as our ultimate source of hope and guidance.
In conclusion, prayer is a powerful tool that can transform our lives. It allows us to develop a relationship with God and talk to Him in a meaningful way. By understanding God’s character, recognizing the value of honesty, trusting His timing, staying persistent, and remembering His love for us, we can strengthen our own faith as we hold onto hope for our prayers. As we practice these things over time, no matter how challenging life feels at times, we can remain confident that He hears us and will answer when the time is right. May we be humble enough to accept His perfect plan for our lives as He promises never to leave us nor forsake us.
Some people seem to glide through their lives with such unshakable faith. They are sure that everything that touches them is God ordained and so they live in joy and peace and harmony, sometimes in the midst of severe difficulties. They could be right. They may have followed the soul path they laid out for themselves very closely. Perhaps they have always heard their inner voice clearly and always followed their hearts meticulously.
Then there are the rest of us. We know about free will. We know we haven’t always behaved in the highest and the best ways. We know there have probably been a lot of times when we have veered off course from the divine plan we helped lay down for ourselves. We can’t find peace by saying ‘this is God’s will’ – because we know there were plenty of times when we didn’t check in with God – we just did it our way.
How do those of us who have veered off course reconcile this whole God’s will/my will thing? How do we find peace with our lives and trust in the Divine when we know we have messed up on more than one occasion?
The answer here is Grace – Divine Grace – the ability of the Divine to reinsert His/Her energy into any situation where we call the Divine in. The answer is to trust in re-formation, re-working, re-starting and re-forming. We begin prayers for divine intervention.
Any mess we take to God can be re-created. We can always begin again. Our eventual victory has always been guaranteed. God will never let any beloved Child stay lost forever. There is nothing here on earth that can’t be fixed. That’s where my faith comes from. Hope that brings you some peace too.