Praying is one of the most vital things we can do as Christians but sometimes you may not know how to go about it. I’ve compiled five helpful tips to help guide you on how to pray.
1. Learn to cast your cares on the Lord (1 Peter 5:7)
We often forget that we are called to cast all of our worries, burdens, and problems into God’s hands. For example, something bad happens on monday, your boss is mean to you and you pickup that burden thinking about it for the rest of the week.
Just like a backpack, you begin to carry the load of the burden and it starts to weigh on you. On tuesday, you hear about your kids getting in trouble at school and you pick up that backpack as well. Wednesday you hear that you didn’t get the job and you pick up that burden.
By sunday, you are carrying all of those burdens and because of that you are so tired that you’ve lost all enthusiasm for the Lord. Don’t do that to yourself! Cast your burden on the Lord. Lord, my boss was mean to me but I’m going to put it in your hands because I can’t control it. Once you release your burdens to the Lord you can free yourself allowing you to focus on other things.
2. Learn to use your spiritual authority (Matthew 10:1)
Many people simply don’t know this. You are a child of God therefore you have spiritual authority! If there is a problem in your life you have the authority from God almighty to bring him into that situation to help you.
3. Pray until God shows up
God doesn’t always show up when we want him too, in fact, many times his timing is totally different than ours. However, that doesn’t mean God isn’t working, doesn’t care, or that he won’t show up at all, because he will. Part of praying until God shows up is trusting in his promises and having faith knowing that his timing for your life is perfect and need not worry anymore.
4. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying
This is a tough one because too often we like to talk more than we like to listen. This is especially true when we don’t want to listen to what the other person is telling us. You must remove your selective hearing and begin opening your heart to listen to everything that God wants to speak to you.
This is important because otherwise you’ll be like a ship without a compass. You will have no direction and will have no idea what God wants to say to you. Make sure you take some time out of your day without any distractions and begin to fully listen to what God is trying to tell you.
5. Pray from the heart
It’s important that we be genuine in our prayers to God. That means telling God how you really feel, if your angry with him tell him, if you are terribly sad about a situation than let him know.
Being genuine seems simple but we often get in a habit of ritualistic prayer that has no “heart” in it. Make sure that you speak from the heart in your prayers and you will begin to establish a better relationships with God.
Hope this helps you!