Is there a right way to say our prayers? Is there a right place for praying? Is there a right time for praying? All these are questions that we tend to ask ourselves now and then. But are they worth it? Shouldn’t we just pray in faith and wait for our good Lord to answer our prayers?
Whether you agree that there is some relevance in the above questions or not, the truth will always remain constant. The truth is that there is a “right” way to approach God whenever we want to speak to Him. Just the same way there is a specific way you approach your seniors at any given place.
You need to ask yourself these questions whenever you are about to start your prayers:
1. Am I going to start by addressing God’s rightful place as the Father?
2. Am I going to worship and praise God for who He is and all that He has done?
3. Am I going to acknowledge that it is God’s will and plans that are in control and not our own strength or powers?
The three above questions are so important whenever we are about to start praying. In fact, there are more questions we ought to ask ourselves any time we want to start praying. I have only mentioned the first three to make the understanding of this article easy.
When we visit our bibles, we see how Jesus was teaching His disciples the way they should say their prayers. It is recorded in the book of Matthew 6:9-13, which says,
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
”Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one." (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/)
From the above prayer, I wish to expound on some important aspects, which are a continuation of the three questions mentioned above. Though, by calling them questions I don’t entirely mean they should be treated as questions especially when you are saying your prayers. Thus, the fourth part, or rather the fourth “question,” remember to ask God for what you need. It is what verse nine of the above prayer says.
However, in this part, you can decide to become a bit specific. You can go ahead and list as many of your needs as possible because God never gets tired of listening.
Another important part is where one asks for forgiveness of their sins. But before even thinking of doing this you need to ask yourself if you have forgiven debtors. God will surely forgive us when we forgive those who wrong us.
The last part is where we now ask God to protect us, guide us, and provide light whenever our ways are filled with darkness. We request Him to not only help us fight temptations but to also keep us away from them.
Thank you for staying with me up to this last part. I pray that God will hear and answer all your humble prayers.
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