“I don’t know how to pray,” “I don’t know what to pray for,” “Does God listen and answers prayers?”
You may have your own reason for not praying yet, you may want to improve the quality of your prayers or you may not be sure what prayer is.
These common concerns are what keeps so many people from drawing close to God but let me help you answer your questions on prayer.
In today’s class, I will show you how to pray effectively and change your prayers from repetitive and routine, to personal and meaningful!
Resources for the Setting and Reaching Video Class
Here are all of the resources mentioned in today’s class:
6 Simple Steps on How to Pray Worksheet:
Here’s your free 6 Simple Steps on How to Pray worksheet.
Beginners Guide on How to Pray Bundle:
Grab your Beginner’s Guide to Prayer Bundle
This bundle includes:
- Common questions about prayers
- Bible truths showing that God wants to listen to our prayers
- More tips on what we can pray about
- Why we should be persistent with our prayers
- More ways God answers our prayers
- A prayer journal with prayer prompts
- A daily planner
- A monthly planner
Setting and Reaching Spiritual Goals Workshop:
Join my Setting and Reaching Spiritual Goals Workshop Class today!
You will learn even more personalized spiritual goals setting and reaching strategies including:
- how to brainstorm your spiritual goals
- how to break them down into simple and actionable steps
- how to use setting deadlines for yourself more effectively
- more information on how to find the right accountability partner for you
- how to motivate yourself by celebrating your milestones
- and a few other bonuses including a bonus lesson on maintaining your motivation, a Bible reading schedule and an over 300 page motivational planner
Notes for Today’s How to Pray Effectively Lesson:
There is an accompanying worksheet that goes along with this class. If you haven’t done so already, take out your bible and your free 6 Simple Steps on How to Pray worksheet or check your email for it to follow along.
We will start by answering the following questions:
- what is prayer?
- why should we pray?
- how to pray in a way that pleases God?
- what to pray for?
- does God hear and answer prayers?
- what can you do moving forward?
What is Prayer
To begin, let’s define what prayer is exactly: the simple answer is that it is a way we talk to or communicate with God. It is the ability to directly access our loving father and creator.
The act of prayer can be audible, silent, can be private or public and can be made formally or informally.
Prayer can be a way to seek God’s approval or favor as with the example of Moses brought out in Exodus 32:11 where Moses implored the Lord his God on behalf of the Israelites.
But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God: “Lord, why does your anger burn against your people you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and a strong hand?
Prayer is also a way to pour out our soul to God as in the case with Hannah at 1 Samuel 1:15 who deeply poured out her heart when she was troubled.
“No, my lord,” Hannah replied. “I am a woman with a broken heart. I haven’t had any wine or beer; I’ve been pouring out my heart before the Lord.
Another example of this is found in 2 Chronicles 32:20 with King Hezekiah and Amoz’s son Isaiah.
King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz prayed about this and cried out to heaven,
Praying also means drawing near to God. As Psalms 73:28 shares;
As for me, how good for me it is that God is near! I have made the Lord God my refuge so I can tell about all your deeds.
Last but not least, you can view prayer as a way to ask for God’s holy spirit to act on your behalf. In the scripture in Ephesians 3:14, the apostle Paul ‘knelt before the Father’ to ask for spiritual power.
Without question, prayer is the most amazing form of communication there is between us and God!
Why We Should Pray (Philippians 4:6,7)
There are many personal reasons you may currently have for not praying consistently or deeply but know that you should not give up because God wants you to pray or talk to him.
Philippians 4:6,7 invites us;
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
How exciting is that? The answer to why we should pray is because the ruler of our universe is so interested in us, loves us so much that he wants us to talk to him and tell him how we feel.
How to Pray In A Way That Pleases God (Matthew 6:7)
Once you decide that you want to work on the quality of your prayer and make them more meaningful, how can we pray in a way that pleases God?
If we are viewing our praying to God as a way to talk to him, the way we would a close friend, we want to pray consistently.
God is also pleased when we rely on him, when we tell him all our concerns, and let him know what we need. In fact, Philippians 4:6 clearly says this,
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
As mentioned earlier, God does not want us to repeat the same things over and over unless it is something that we earnestly need from him. He also does not need us to say lengthy prayers that “sound good” to us but doesn’t mean anything.
In Matthew 6:7, God makes this point:
When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that their gods will hear them because their prayers are long.
Our prayers should be sincere and that way, we can trust that even if we don’t know exactly how to express what we want, God can read our hearts and knows exactly what we want to say.
Knowing how to pray to God in a way that pleases him is important because we don’t want to waste our time and we certainly don’t want to unknowingly offend him.
In Proverbs 28:9, we are warned that if we do not follow what God expects from us, our prayers will be hateful to hear.
If you want a simple guide to follow in order to pray effectively, grab your free 6 Simple Steps on How to Pray resource!
What to Pray For (1 John 5:14)
Sometimes we want to pray, know how to pray, but just don’t know what to pray for.
Let me begin by saying that we can pray for almost anything, as long as it is in alignment with God’s requirements that are recorded in the bible for us.
1 John 5:14 assures us of this:
We have courage in God’s presence because we are sure that he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according to his will.
We can let God know everything that’s on our hearts and talk to him about the things we would speak to any close friends about.
Some examples of what you can pray about includes:
- More faith in God
- God’s help to get us through trials and challenges
- Strength to resist temptation
- Help during turbulent times such as illness, job loss or death of a loved one
- Help exercising the fruits of God’s holy spirit such as patience and peace
- Wisdom to make better decisions in our lives
- Help with the needs we have on a daily basis
- Forgiveness of sins
- The list goes on!
Does God Hear and Answer Our Prayers (1 Peter 3:12)
If you’re going to go through the effort of learning how to pray in a way that is meaningful and meets God’s approval, I’m certain you want to be assured that God will, in fact, hear and answer your prayers.
Let me begin by giving you the criteria for having your prayers heard in 1 Peter 3:12,
because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil.
This means that God does listen to prayers, especially those who are doing their best to be obedient to him.
However, as the first scripture, we read showed, God does not listen to all prayers. In fact, you can read the example of a time back in the prophet Isaiah’s day where God told those people that he was not listening to their prayer because their hands were filled with blood.
This shows that we do not want to do anything to displease God or distance ourselves from him to the point where he disregards our prayers. We need to do his will!
Along with hearing our prayers, I also want to share with you 2 scriptures to help you to see for yourselves that he also has the power to answer our prayers.
Firstly, we are told in 2 Corinthians 4:7,
Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.
One way God answers our prayers and gives us the guidance and strength we ask for is by means of his holy spirit.
Secondly, the scripture at Galatians 6:1 gives us another way God answers prayers, it reads;
Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted.
God has the power to use the bible and other spiritual persons to help us when we are in need. The scriptures help us make better decisions and we have people in our lives (or even strangers) that can pick you up when you are down using biblical principles.
Don’t forget to download your free 6 Simple Steps on How to Pray guide!
How to Pray Effectively Conclusion
I have given you a simple guide that you can use right away to begin the process of improving the quality of your prayers to God.
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I really hope that you have enjoyed this class as much as I have enjoyed sharing this valuable spiritual information with you.
Please feel free to message me or let me know in the comments area what you took away from this class. You can also let me know if you have any questions or share tips that have helped you have more effective prayers.
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