Prayer is something that most Christians understand the need for, but may be unsure about how to pray to God or intimidated by the idea of speaking directly to God.
There is a lot of advice out there about how to pray, but there is not a right or a wrong way when it comes to how to communicate with God.
That said, when starting out, you may be in need of a guideline, a template of sorts, to help form your prayers until you become comfortable praying without it.
How To: Teach Children About Praying.
In the Bible, Jesus mentions a couple things that should not be done when praying.
After admonishing his disciples not to pray for show and not to use rote prayers, Jesus gave a beautiful example of a prayer, and said that this is how His followers should pray.
Before beginning His prayer, Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray ye:”.
The Lord's Prayer is the prayer that Jesus wants us to use as an example of a good prayer.
Lets go over each line and examine the structure and meaning of this prayer.
Before launching into to what you need or the purpose of your prayer, start with praise to the Lord. Begin your prayer with worship and by exalting the name of the Lord.
Remember that when you pray, you are not making demands of God. Christians should always want God’s will above their own. Include this in your prayer by asking that God’s will be done.
After you have worshiped and exalted the Lord and asked that His will be done, it is time to ask for any needs that you might have.
There is nothing wrong with asking God for help in meeting your needs; in fact you just saw that the Bible tells you to do just that.
What Christians must be careful of, however, is coming to God with a laundry list of requests without taking the time to offer praise and worship. That is why following the basic template of the Lord’s Prayer is helpful.
With temptation all around, it is a good idea to include a request for help in avoiding it. When you ask God for help in avoiding temptation you are acknowledging that the strength to live a dedicated and holy life does not come from you, but from God’s grace.
When you ask God to deliver you from evil, He can put a hedge about your life and help to protect you from the influences that could cause you to fall into sin.
Finally, you should end your prayers the same way that you began: with praise and worship to God.
Be mindful that you are not following The Lord’s Prayer word for word. Instead, use it as a guide to pray the prayers that are on your own heart. When you pray in the same manner that Jesus prayed, you words will find their way to the heart of the Lord.
The bible gives countless examples of when to pray.
This site gives a decent breakdown of the different scriptures quoting when people pray in the bible.
What should we take away from this?
I believe there is not "right" time to pray. But, it is a good idea to pray every day, and this becomes easier if you choose a time and stick to it every day.
I pray in the morning in order to prepare myself for the day, and to help keep me on the right path throughout the day.
Praying in the evening is better for reflecting on the day's events. If you can do both, great!
And of course, it is common to pray before dinner.
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