In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The 4 Steps of Prayer

Often we may ask how we are supposed to pray. What are we supposed to say? How can we make sure he hears our message? How can I pray so that God is pleased with my thanks and eager to fulfill my pleas?

Prayer is a way for us to communicate with our Lord... to thank Him, to make requests, and to talk with Him about our hopes and needs. He hears all of our messages, and He knows what is in our hears.When we pray, we must make sure to come to him knowing that His will shall be done whether our wishes are satisfied or not. His will is what is always best for us even if we must endure trails and challenges. We can never predict what the future holds, but we are always allowed, in fact we are encouraged, to ask for the Lord's help.

There are 4 basic steps in prayer:

First, we must address God. Start by saying "Heavenly Father" or "Our Father in Heaven." We pray to the Father because He is the one who gave us life, who created the Earth, and to whom we owe everything.G

Second, give thanks. Before we make any requests, we must acknowledge all the amazing blessings God has given us. Show the Father that you are grateful for how He is working in your life.

Next, ask. Sometimes it is appropriate to say a short prayer simply giving thanks, but even then you have the opportunity to ask God to continue to help with challenges you may face in the future. Other times, we pray when something is heavy on our heart. This is the time to ask God for guidance, assistance, peace, resolution, or healing. God is aware of every problem you are facing at any moment; prayer is our way to show God that we understand that He has the ultimate power to help and guide us through these problems.

Finally, close in the name of Jesus. "In Jesus' name we pray, Amen" is all we need to end a prayer. We close in the name of Jesus because His sacrifice is what allows us to reach Heaven after death.

These easy guidelines can help to make your prayers clear and meaningful while giving the appropriate respect to our creator.

I pray that each of you can strengthen your prayers and become more confident and reliant in them. It's a wonderful way to communicate with the creator and daily, even hourly, prayer will keep your faith close to your heart. Please feel free to share your insights and tips to help improve our prayers.

May God bless you all,
Emily Gray

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