How do I Pray?  What do I say???

A lot of people ask, “How do I pray? What do I say?” That’s an easy one! Just talk to God like you talk to, well, anyone! Of course, treat God with the respect that He deserves but think about it… He already knows every single thing about you. He created you! He knows you inside and out — more than anyone else in the world. He’s been there with you from the beginning. You’re not only the apple of His eye but He has your name engraved on the palm of His hand!

You can be yourself with God — the real you. You don’t have to worry about being “good enough” either. Jesus took care of all of that on the Cross — all you have to do is ask for forgiveness and you will be forgiven. I liked what Todd Burpo said in his book about his son Colton’s trip to Heaven. “You might as well tell God what you think,” he said. “He already knows it anyway!” I think the most important thing to do when you pray is pray from the heart.

2000 years ago, the disciples asked Jesus this same thing. And what did Jesus say?

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. 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 it is 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. Amen. — Matthew 6:7:13

Notice that Jesus said don’t use “vain repetitions.” So you don’t have to pray exactly what he said in what is known as the “Our Father.” He said, “After this manner therefore pray ye…” which simply means, “here’s an example of a prayer.” And you don’t need to pray with the “ye’s” and the “thee’s” either. We don’t speak that way anymore — well, at least I don’t — and God knows this. Simply put — say what’s on your mind — use your own language (today’s language) and just — have a conversation with God! Speak from the heart. Don’t be afraid of Him — remember He loves you!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11

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