I am going to talk about prayer. I know for some people, prayer is very difficult. Some don't know how to pray at all. Some think that talking to God requires some eloquent words. Some sit down or kneel to pray and have no idea where to start.
God does not want this for you! God is our Heavenly Father. He is very easy to talk to once you get to know Him. I would start reading about the life of Jesus starting in the New Testament. Then I would start with Genesis and go from there. You have to understand WHO you are talking to in order to know what to say. Each person prays differently. I believe it's sort of a learned style.
A well known prayer is "The Lord's Prayer" found in Matthew 6:5-14
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 “Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 In this manner, therefore, 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 this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
For me I didn't know what to say either. My prayers started very one-sided. I asked God for the things I wanted like a spiritual Christmas List. Then, I started to pray for other people and try to put my own needs last. Then, I began really reading the Bible and learning more about God and my prayers became more intense and focused on specific needs of others. I seem to know what they need without them even telling me! Most times, I don't know what to pray. I just start speaking and the words just start coming out of me. I love to pray. I love to pray for anything. I love hearing from God what He has to say back to me.
I do have to tell you, it might be a long road to get to where you want to be in prayer. It's worth it though. Any work you do for God is never in vain. It's always worth it. It will fulfill you like nothing else will.
Take care friends. God bless.
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