Prayer is how we interact with God. It is also how He most times communicates with us. He has instructed us to pray. If you can follow these 4 steps below you can progress in your Spiritual Life:
These steps are clear in the Lord’s prayer found in Matthew 6: 9-13: Prayer can be recited in one’s mind or out loud. Praying aloud can oftentimes focus one’s thoughts. Prayers can be said at any time. For significant prayer, it is best to seek a quiet place where you will not be distracted.
– Begin by talking to our Heavenly Father
We open the prayer by talking to God because he is the one we are praying to. Begin by saying “Father in Heaven” or “Heavenly Father.” We address Him as our Heavenly Father because He is the father of our spirits. He is our creator and the one to whom we owe everything we have, including our lives.
– Express Thanksgiving to our Heavenly Father
After beginning the prayer we tell our Father in Heaven what we are thankful for. You can start by saying, “I appreciate You..” or “I am grateful for all you have done for me” We show our gratitude to our Father by telling him in our prayer what we are grateful for; such as our home, family, health, the earth, and other blessings.
Ensure to include general blessings such as health and safety, along with particular blessings like divine protection while on a specific journey.
– Make your request known to our Heavenly Father
After thanking our Father in Heaven we can beseech him for assistance.
Some of the ways you can accomplish this is to say:
We can ask him to bless us with the things we require, such as knowledge, comfort, guidance, peace, health, etc. Recall, we are more apt to get answers and blessings if we request the strength essential to withstand life’s challenges, rather than asking for the difficulties to be removed.
– End the prayer “In The Name of Jesus Christ”
We end the prayer by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” We do this because Jesus is our Savior, our mediator between death (physical and spiritual) and eternal life. We also close with saying Amen because it means we agree with what’s been said.
Example of a simple prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father, I am so full of thanks for thy guidance in my life. I am particularly grateful for my safe travel as I shopped today. As I try and keep thy commandments, kindly assist me to always recall to pray. Please assist me to study my Bible daily. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.