Guide to Prayer

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Clear your head of all thoughts, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (Matthew 6:6-8, NIV)”

Call out to the God whom you are praying to. There are many God’s… But you want to pray to the true and living God, Lord of all, the savior Jesus Christ.

Thank God for everything He has done for you. For example waking you up, giving you breath, life, and being able to pray for yourself.

Ask for forgiveness of sins the ones that you have knowingly committed and those that you may not have been aware of. Call them out, God already knows what you have done but your must repent with your mouth “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, KJV)

At times you may think that because you “feel” good that you are not sinning for example the devil may have you believing that a temporary satisfaction is okay such as fornication, lusting, homosexuality, adultery, or any other sins. But God does not approve of these as noted throughout the Bible and in Galatians 5.

Ask for protection from all harm or temptation you may be facing. Your enemies are there to allow you to continually pray. Also it teaches you how you may act if Christ were not in your life. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matthew 6)

Pray for others in this order: strangers, family, friends, and then yourself. Get into specifics. If you know that someone is going through some trials, pray for them.

Save your prayer request for last. As servants of Christ we must remember that we take the back seat to others.

End by praying in the name of Jesus, read the Bible so you can see how others prayed. Also stand on the faith. Once you pray about it, believe that God heard your plea and do not worry. (Read Luke 12:22-40).

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