Growing Closer to God: The Power of Praying Together as a Family

As parents, we want to raise our children in a way that nurtures their spiritual growth and deepens their relationship with God. One powerful tool we have at our disposal is the act of coming together as a family to pray. In this blog post, I’ll explore the significance of family prayer. Continue to read as I share with you the power of praying together as a family.

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The Power of Praying Together as a Family

Creating a Habit of Family Prayer

The first step in embracing family prayer is to make it a regular part of our daily lives.

In our daily lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and overlook the importance of prayer. However, setting aside dedicated time for prayer is important for deepening our relationship with God and nurturing our family’s faith.

Establishing a prayer routine that works for your family’s schedule may seem challenging at first, but with a little intentionality and creativity, it can become a meaningful and cherished practice.

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Teaching the Purpose of Prayer

Understanding the purpose of prayer is essential for children to engage with it wholeheartedly.

Prayer is a special way for us to connect with God and share our hearts with Him. It’s like having a conversation with our Heavenly Father, who loves and cares for us deeply. The purpose of prayer is to build a relationship with God, seek His guidance, express our gratitude, share our worries and joys, and find comfort in His presence.

When we pray, we open our hearts and minds to God. We talk to Him, just like we talk to a close friend or a loving parent. We can tell Him about our dreams, hopes, and fears.

We can ask Him for help when we feel confused or need strength. We can thank Him for all the good things in our lives, like family, friends, and the beautiful world around us.

Prayer also helps us grow closer to God. It’s a way to show Him that we trust Him and rely on Him. It’s a way to invite His wisdom and guidance into our lives.

When we pray, we listen to God too. Sometimes, He may speak to our hearts and give us comfort or direction. He loves us so much and wants us to know Him better through prayer.

Prayer is not about saying fancy words or having all the answers. It’s about being honest and sincere with God.

We can pray anytime and anywhere, whether it’s in the morning, before bed, or even during the day when we need His help or want to share something special with Him.

So, remember, the purpose of prayer is to connect with God, share our hearts, seek His guidance, express gratitude, and find comfort in His loving presence. It’s a beautiful way to grow closer to Him and experience His love and care in our lives.

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Encourage family Participation

Prayer should be inclusive and allow each family member to have a voice.

Including your children in prayer is a wonderful way to help them grow in their faith and develop a personal relationship with God.

By involving them in prayer, you teach them that their voices and thoughts matter to God.

Encourage your children to join in family prayers and express their own prayers.

Let them know that they can talk to God about anything on their hearts, whether it’s thanking Him for blessings, asking for guidance, or sharing their worries and joys.

By including your children in prayer, you create a loving and safe space where they feel valued and connected to God. It’s a beautiful opportunity for them to learn and grow in their spiritual journey while strengthening the bond within your family.

Praying for Others

Praying for others as a family is a powerful and meaningful way to show love and support to those around us. It teaches our children the importance of caring for others and demonstrates the power of prayer in making a positive impact.

When we pray for others, we lift them up to God, asking Him to provide comfort, healing, guidance, and blessings in their lives. It helps us develop empathy and compassion as we become more aware of the needs and struggles of others.

Praying for others as a family also strengthens the bond within our own family, as we come together in unity, seeking God’s intervention and expressing our love for those in need. I

It’s a beautiful way to teach our children the value of selflessness and cultivate a heart of service.

Why is praying together as a family so important? 

  • Teaching and Role Modeling: Praying together allows parents to teach and model important values and principles to their children. It helps instill a sense of reverence, gratitude, and humility. Children learn from their parent’s example and guidance, and family prayer provides a platform to demonstrate the importance of prayer, faith, and reliance on a higher power.
  • Unity and Bonding: Praying together creates a sense of unity and bonding within the family. It provides an opportunity for family members to connect on a deeper level, share their joys and struggles, and seek solace and guidance together. Praying as a family helps build trust, compassion, and empathy among family members, strengthening the overall family dynamic.
  • Building a Foundation for Life: Praying together as a family establishes a strong foundation for life. Regular family prayer fosters a lifelong habit of turning to prayer in times.

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Praying together as a family Teaches our children about God:

When prayers are answered, it becomes a powerful teaching moment for children to learn about God and His presence in their lives.

Here are some ways in which answered prayers can teach children about God.

A: Faith and Trust:

Answered prayers teach children the importance of faith and trust in God. When they see that their prayers are being heard and answered, it strengthens their belief that God is faithful and reliable.

It encourages them to continue seeking God’s guidance and relying on Him in all aspects of their lives.

B: God’s Timing and Wisdom:

Sometimes prayers are answered in unexpected ways or at a different time than expected. This teaches children that God’s wisdom surpasses their own understanding.

They learn that God knows what is best for them and that His timing is perfect. It helps them develop patience, resilience, and a willingness to surrender their desires to God’s greater plan.

C: Gratitude and Thankfulness:

When a prayer is answered, it instills a sense of gratitude and thankfulness in children. They learn to recognize and appreciate God’s blessings in their lives.

Expressing gratitude for answered prayers cultivates a humble and appreciative heart, teaching children to acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness.

D: Helps deepen their Relationship with God:

Answered prayers deepen a child’s relationship with God. They learn that prayer is not just a one-sided conversation but a genuine dialogue with their Heavenly Father.

It encourages children to continue seeking God’s guidance, sharing their joys, concerns and desires with Him. This personal connection with God forms the foundation for a lifelong relationship built on trust, love, and open communication.

Conclusion:

Praying together as a family is an important part of raising godly children. By cultivating a habit of family prayer, we create a spiritual bond that strengthens our family and nurtures our children’s faith.

In the comments below, share a story about a time you saw the power of praying together as a family.

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12 short back to school prayers

September is right around the corner which means sending our kids to school full time. Our family felt led to enroll our children in public school. Even though we have had good experiences, I am always afraid of what my children will be exposed to and what may happen while they are at school. Instead of worrying about what may happen, I have put together these 12 short back-to-school prayers. 

12 Short Back to School Prayers

I love my children very much, but I know I can’t provide them with everything they need. That is why I pray for my children, my marriage, my work and everything in between.

1. Safety 

One of my biggest fears is getting a phone call from the school letting me know my child has gotten hurt. 

I don’t like the idea that my child is at school crying and I’m not there to comfort them. So, I turn to God and ask Him to protect them and watch over them. 

Lord, I ask that you keep my child safe while they are at school. I request you to protect them from unkind words and cruel people. 

I pray you would protect them from any danger they might face at school and that they would remember they can turn to you for safety. 

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

2. Wisdom

The world is full of crazy ideas and ideologies. When I send my kids to school, I worry they will pick up on some of this “wisdom” and walk away from what The Lord says. When I worry about this, I say a short back to school prayer about my kids receiving wisdom from the right source. 

As I send my kids to school, I fear the world will influence them. I ask that they seek council from people who love you and who would guide them in your truth. 

I pray that as situations come up at school that they would ask you for wisdom regarding how to handle what’s going on and to trust your guidance in their lives. 

Seek Godly Counsel: Psalm 37:30 The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.

Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (NIV)

Proverbs 4:6-7 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (NIV)

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (NIV)

James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (NIV)

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3. Gentle and kind

I don’t have great memories of being in school. Kids would make fun of me or ignore me completely. Kids can be so mean. As I send my kids back to school, I pray they are kind to others. 

Lord, I pray my children would treat others as they would want to be treated. I ask that you help them be kind to those around them- even if they are not being treated well. 

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

4. Witness to those around them

One of my biggest regrets in school is not being a great witness for Christ. I was shy to share my faith. My friends knew I was a Christian, but that’s it. My prayer is for my children to be better witnesses than I was.

Lord, we know that even a small light in the darkness shines bright. I pray my child would be that light in their class and in their school. That you would give the courage to share their beliefs to those around them and that you would protect them from any negative repercussions. 

1 Peter 3:15 ESV But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Mark 16:15 ESV And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

5. Peace

The world is full of sin and tragedy. All these news stories can bring anxiety to kids (certainly mine). My prayer is that regardless of what is going on- my kids would feel the Peace of God in their lives. 

As my child goes to school, I pray you would fill them with your peace. I pray that no matter what is going on around them, they would feel your presence with them. I also pray that if they are feeling troubled at school, that they would remember to not be afraid and to trust in you. 

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

6. Guard their minds

When people look at my life, it seems like there are no struggles- because most of my struggles go on inside. The Devil is a master of attacking my thoughts and has a way of leading me to second guess my faith and steps of obedience. One of my short back to school prayers is for my children to guard their minds. I know they can’t do it alone- but that God can give them the ability to do so. 

Lord, when I send my child off to school I worry about what they may learn and what they may hear. I know the school is filled with worldly wisdom and influence for evil. I pray you would guard their minds. That they would forget the bad things they hear and would remember who you are and meditate on your word. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

7. They would look to The Lord 

My oldest daughter is going into grade 7. Jr. High is the time in life when small decisions can affect the rest of your life. I worry my children will want to follow the crowd and look to their friends for advice and direction. Even though my children have great friends, my prayer is that they would first seek The Lord in all things. 

One thing that scares me the most about sending my kids to school is not being with them if they get hurt. I hate the idea that they would cry and not be able to be comforted by me. In those moments, I pray they would look towards you and remember you love them and are with them. 

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Amos 5:14-15 ESV Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

8. Hold their tongues 

I have a tendency to say what I’m thinking. In the past, that tendency has led me to conflict with others. The Bible is clear about how powerful our tongues are. We know how much weight words can hold. One of my short back to school prayers is for my children to watch what they say and hold their tongues when they don’t know what to say. 

Lord, I know that it’s easy for children to say things they don’t mean or to say things to impress others. I pray you would help them hold their tongue. That the words that come from their mouths would honour you and would point to you. 

Proverbs 13:3; “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” 

Ephesians 4:29; “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

9. Good friends 

If you want to know someone, you just have to look at the people they spend time with. Usually, those people reflect a person’s beliefs and so on. Not only do I want my children to find good friends, but they would be good friends to others. 

Lord, I know that the people who surround you are the biggest influence in your life. I pray you would bring good friends to my child. I also pray that my child would be a good friend towards others. I pray they are kind, and loving towards one another and their character would reflect who you are. 

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Hebrews 13:2 ESV Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

10. That they would try their best

I was so bored in school, and I never tried my best. I passed with mostly B. I always wonder what my grades would look like had I tried. I want better for my kids. We don’t focus on grades but on effort. We tell our children we want them to try their best. When we focus on efforts on pleasing The Lord, I find I’m more focused and have better outcomes. I want my children to learn to work for The Lord at an early age. 

It’s not about the grade, or what you have done, but who you have done it for. 

Lord, I pray that in everything my child does, that would do it in your name and for Your glory. I pray they don’t get discouraged in their work and you would remind them to continue the good work they are doing. 

Colossians 3:17 ESV And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

11. Honest 

My children lie to me regularly and it drives me nuts. Just this week my kids were at day camp. My youngest (5) came home and told me a girl had punched and kicked him. I knew there was more to the story, so I heard his side of the story and made a plan to talk to the staff about it. At drop off the next day, I asked the supervisor about the incident. As I was talking, my son said: I was joking about that. 

I was shocked!! The child my son was talking about could have gotten a consequence for what he had said. 

I talked to my child about telling the truth, and how his lie could have affected other children.

With this lie fresh in my mind, I continually pray that my children will tell the truth and they will feel safe to tell me when they have lied or made a mistake. 

Lord, I pray my child would be honest to me about what they are learning, who they are friends with and what is going on in their life. I pray that if they have lies, you would convict them to share the truth with me. Lord, give me the grace and wisdom to talk to my child and provide them an environment they feel safe in and feel comfortable sharing with me what they are thinking about and the concerns they may have. 

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

 12. Salvation

If there was a way to earn my children’s salvation- I would do whatever it takes. But, we can’t save our children. It’s up to each of our children to decide to follow the Lord and ask for forgiveness of their sins. I pray for my children’s salvation regularly. Even though all 3 have made professions of faith0 I still pray they will desire to follow The Lord and obey His will. 

Lord, I pray for my child’s salvation. My greatest desire for my child to be saved. I pray you would open their eyes and ears so that they may see and taste who you are. I pray they chose to seek forgiveness from you and that they would desire to live a life that would bring you glory. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Conclusion

When my oldest daughter was born, I struggled with what school she would go to and what that would look like. My husband and I prayed over the options and found The Lord leading us to send our children to public school. 

As I prayed to understand why The Lord wanted us to send our children to camp, an answer came back. God was asking me to give Him my children every day. As my children walk away from me into the school- I can’t follow.

But, I know the one who is with them. He goes before them; He is with them and He leaves behind them. He is the only one who can protect them and lead them according to His will. 

If my kids were home, I don’t think I would pray for them as much, or I wouldn’t bring them to The Lord as often as I should. But sending my kids to school every day drives me to my knees and I depend on Him every single day. 

When I shared my reason with a homeschool mom- she said her reasons were the same. She felt The Lord calling her to homeschool for the same reasons. She feels she depends more on The Lord with her kids at home than she would if she sent them to school. 

Each family makes the choice they feel The Lord leads them in. No matter what learning environment your child is in, they need your prayers. 

In the comments below, share your favourite short back-to-school prayers. 

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

As parents, we long to see our children grow in their faith and develop a vibrant prayer life. Teaching them to pray and encouraging them to engage in meaningful conversations with God is an invaluable gift we can give them. Continue reading as I share 6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray.

From leading by example to creating a nurturing environment, we will discover practical tips and insights that will empower you to guide your children in their prayer journey.

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

1. Taking Turns Leading Prayers:

 Give each family member a chance to lead prayers. This can be a special responsibility that rotates among family members.

It allows everyone to take an active role in prayer and share their own words with God.

Even young children can lead simple prayers, and it helps them feel included and valued.

2. Sharing Personal Prayer Requests

Encourage family members to share their personal prayer requests.

This can be done before or during prayer time. It’s an opportunity to open up and let others know what’s on our hearts.

By sharing our joys, concerns, and challenges, we create a supportive environment where we can pray for one another and offer comfort and encouragement.

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3. Expressing Gratitude

Make expressing gratitude a part of your prayer time. Encourage each family member to share something they are thankful for.

It could be a person, an experience, or a blessing in their lives.

This helps foster a spirit of gratitude and reminds us of God’s goodness. It also encourages us to look for the positive things happening around us.

4. Make it Interactive

Prayer doesn’t have to be only spoken words. Encourage creativity and variety by incorporating different elements into your prayer time.

You can sing worship songs together, create artwork or write prayers in a journal, or even engage in silent moments of reflection.

Provide different ways for your children to express themselves allows each family member to find their unique way of connecting with God.

5. Use Prayer Prompts: 

Sometimes, it can be helpful to provide prayer prompts or topics to guide prayer time.

This can be especially useful for children or those who may find it challenging to articulate their thoughts.

Prayer prompts can include things like praying for specific people, asking for God’s guidance in a particular area, or focusing on a theme such as forgiveness or love.

10 simple prayer prompts for kids

  1. Thank you, God, for…
  2. Please help me with…
  3. Dear God, please bless…
  4. I’m sorry for…
  5. God, please protect…
  6. Help me to be kind to…
  7. Thank you, God, for my family and friends because…
  8. Dear God, please give me strength to…
  9. Thank you for this beautiful day, God. Help me to enjoy it by…
  10. God, please be with those who are sad or hurting today. Comfort them and give them peace.

Remember, prayer prompts can be personalized and tailored to fit your child’s age, interests, and current circumstances. Encourage them to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs in their own words as they engage in conversation with God.

6. Be Patient and Supportive

Remember, everyone’s prayer journey is unique. Some family members may be more vocal and comfortable expressing themselves, while others may be quieter or hesitant.

Be patient and supportive, creating a safe space where everyone feels respected and valued. Encourage and affirm each person’s contributions, no matter how big or small.

Conclusion

By implementing these strategies, you create an environment where everyone feels encouraged to participate in prayer. 

It becomes a time of unity, support, and growing closer to God as a family. 

Remember, prayer is a personal and intimate connection with God, and each person’s participation adds beauty and depth to the experience.

In the comments below share your favourite strategies to encourage children to pray.

How to pray regularly without repeating yourself

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As a Christian, I have a desire to grow in my faith and in spiritual disciplines. One area The Lord has helped me with is praying more throughout my day. But I know many people struggle with prayer, so continue reading to learn how to pray regularly without repeating yourself.

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As a Christian, I’m sure you have heard that the best way to grow in faith is to pray and read The Bible. 

So, since you love The Lord and want to grow, you go about reading The Bible and praying. 

But a few years down the road, your prayers are all starting to sound the same, and you may even feel like you’re just going through the motions. 

Has this happened to you? It has for me. 

There are many times at the dinner table that I’m just spouting off a quick prayer, not even focusing on what I’m saying, just getting the blessing done and over with. 

When our prayers get repetitive, what’s the first thing you do? 

For me, I learn more about prayer and how to pray more or be more meaningful. I start implementing a few things I’ve learned and feel excited about bringing my prayer life back to life. 

But then, it all starts feeling like a chore to do, and a bit overwhelming.

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Turning prayer into a chore

For example: When my oldest daughter started going to school, I googled prayers for going back to school. I found a great post that had a list of verses and even a calendar with specific prayers to pray on specific days. 

I have nothing against these blog posts because I also write them. 

But I looked at the calendar and felt overwhelmed. I tried keeping up the routine but could not do it. 

So, maybe you are like me. You want to pray regularly, but you don’t want the prayers to be repetitive, but you also don’t want to “learn new prayers”, or add more things to your list of things to remember or do. 

So how do we find this balance? 

Before I continue, I want to be 100% honest with you and tell you I’m still trying to figure this out. I’m still learning how to do what I’m suggesting. But, there are a few things that I do to help me in this process.

How to pray regularly without repeating yourself

1. Remember who we are talking to 

When I first started dating my husband, we would go to museums and read all the plaques. Then we would pass a display that was closed to the public, and I always wanted to go over the rope or open the door. This petrified my husband, and he thought I was crazy to want access to these areas. 

I hate feeling like I can’t go somewhere. 

So, for me, anytime I’m feeling down about my prayer life, I remember that I have.

  • Hebrews 4:16, NIV Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

As Christians, we have access to God’s presence. 

This is the same God as we read about in Jeremiah 10:12-13

“But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding, he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.

Jeremiah 10:12-13 

When I remember whose presence I have access to, it humbles me and encourages me to continue being in His presence and take advantage of the access I have. 

Last year, we got a family pass to the science museum, and you better believe we go as often as we can to get every penny’s worth out of our season pass. 

This is the same attitude I want to have about having access to God’s presence. 

2. The Lord hears our prayers

1 John 5:14-15: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

The God we serve is alive and hears our prayers. One perfect example of this is when Elijah had a “competition” with the prophets of Baal to see which god was better. 

I’m not going to read the full story because it’s long, but you can find the story in 1 Kings 18: 20-39

I will give you a quick recap of the story. The prophets of Baal went first and they built an altar and called upon Baal to consume their offering. 

Verse 26 says: and (they) called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. 

Then it was Elijah’s turn. He built the altar and then drenched the altar and trench with water until the trench was full and everything was soaked with water. 

Once everything was ready, Elijah cried out to God. 

Verse 37 says: Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.

These events teach us that God not only hears us, but He responds. That point brings me to my last point. 

3. The Lord answers our prayers 

The Bible is full of verses that assure us that God answers our prayers. 

Today, I just want to share 2. One from the OT, and one from the NT. 

  • Psalm 34:4 NIV I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

This verse is part of a Psalm that David wrote. Here, he gives us a first-hand account of praying to The Lord and The Lord answering his prayers. The Lord delivered him from his fears. 

If God answers David’s prayers, then it’s logical that God would also answer ours. 

To cement that belief, we move to The New Testament.

  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

These words were spoken by Jesus Himself during the sermon on The mount. He is teaching his disciples the meaning of things and encouraging them to know it in their minds, but also in the way they live. 

These verses assure us that if we ask, it will be forgiven

This doesn’t mean that we can ask for a large house and get it the next day. It’s an encouragement to ask The Lord for everything. 

Not only do we have evidence of answered prayer from The Bible, but we have people on earth today that follow The Lord, ask Him something in prayer, and their prayers are answered. 

This “cause and effect” is one way I knew 100% Jesus is real. He hears us and responds. We serve a LIVING God. 

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4. You can pray about anything, at any time 

Growing up in the church, I got the perception that there were “better times” in the day to pray, and that prayers had to have a certain format. 

So, I got stuck thinking that prayer looked and sounded a certain way. 

It took me way too long to figure out I could pray anywhere I wanted to about anything I wanted to, in whatever way I could. 

Ephesians 6:18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

This verse tells us we can pray at all times with any type of prayer. 

It wasn’t until I started going to other denominations and speaking to other Christians that I realized how many ways there were to express our worship and pray to Him. 

2 years ago, I met someone who receives images when she prays for people. When she gets that image, she will pray it over someone. I had never experienced that type of prayer before, and it was beautiful.  

Too often we get caught up in what to pray for or how to pray. But The Lord just wants you to come to Him. 

One thing that really helped me understand this was watching my son communicate with people. 

The Lord understands our prayers

At 3 years old, my son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay. He didn’t have many words and most people could NOT understand what he was saying. 

But for me, I understood him the most out of my three kids. I don’t know if it was because I was a seasoned mother and learned to anticipate his needs, or that he was very good at using sounds and gestures to communicate his needs. 

Any time my son tried to communicate with me, I was happy to hear the grunts and the sounds he could make. I understood Him, and it didn’t matter that he had a speech delay or communicated in a different way than my other kids. 

It’s the same with The Lord. He already understands what we say because He is our Father. But, He is also happy for us to speak to Him in whatever way we can. There isn’t a certain level we need to reach to talk to Him. 

We can just come and communicate with Him how and when we can, and He loves it. 

Conclusion

I’ve just shared with you a few things I do, but I want to sum it all up into 1 action step. 

Remember, I am talking about how to pray regularly without repeating yourself, even if you don’t know where to start. 

1 action step: Remember that God is always with you, and you can talk to Him throughout your day about anything that is going on. 

You don’t need to wait for a certain time or pray a certain prayer. 

Just start bringing God all the things. When you do that, your prayers are honest. They build relationships, and you may repeat a thing or 2, but it’s not empty. 

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