“Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” -Psalms 55:17
A prayer is a plea to God. The True Prayer is written in our hearts. When our hearts are pierced, we plea to God and he restores us. From here we may speak to God in the name of Christ. If you are new to prayer, that’s okay. Everyone has to have their first prayer vocal prayer, and Jesus taught us how to do it.
“After this manner therefore pray ye:
‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth, as in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.’” – Matthew 6: 9-13
One may notice that this is not exactly as found in Matthew. We have been by the Savior taught to pray in his – Jesus’ – name.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” – John 14: 13
The lesson on how to pray here is clear:
- Pray to the Father
- Pray for God’s will, not our own
- Ask for what we need
- Ask for forgiveness from God and for help from the Lord to be better Christians
- Give God the glory
- Christ is our emissary, pray in his Holy name
- Seal the prayer, end it with “Amen” or something with the same or similar meaning
Jesus also taught us, in the same chapters, that we should remember the following when we pray:
- Do not pray to be seen of others
- Pray in private
- Do not use “vain repetitions” but pray as moved by the spirit
The point of prayer is for us to humble ourselves before the Lord and feel of His Spirit. After we pray, we should take time to meditate on the prayer, to listen to the Spirit that the Lord may speak to us as well. At this point you’ve taken the first steps of Teshuvah, the return back to the God that created us.
“And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul.” -Enos 1:4a OPV, 1:5 RAV
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