Why is prayer such a big deal? Can I really trust God to answer my prayers? How should I speak to God and where? How often should I pray to have a healthy prayer life? Here are short answers to these questions. Take five days to look at each of these and grow in your prayer life!
MONDAY: What is prayer? Prayer is talking to God, as well as listening when God speaks to us! We talk with our friends and family often. God is our friend and our heavenly Father. He wants to talk to us. Heavenly Father, I love You and want to speak to You more often. Please remind me to speak to You right through the day! In Jesus’ Name, Amen. Pray this prayer several times during the day and at the end of the day write down what you think God has been saying to you.
TUESDAY: Why should we pray? There are many reasons for praying: to give the Lord our thanks and praise, to confess our sins, to ask Him for help with our problems, to ask Him to help other people, and just to talk with him as our Heavenly Father about the things in our heart. Father, thank you for my life, and that I can tell you anything that happens in it. Help me remember to speak to You about my problems until they disappear, so that others can also come to know that You are real. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
WEDNESDAY: How should we pray? You can close your eyes, bow your head or kneel down. These positions show your respect for God. But, you can also pray while you walk to school, sit in the bus or taxi, or when you wake up in the middle of the night and feel scared. Remember to pray in Jesus’ Name, because Jesus told us to ask and pray in His Name. Through the cross and His blood He cleansed us, so we have free access to the throne of God (John 16:23b). Lord Jesus, teach me how You want me to talk to you. Help me remember at any time and place that I can talk to you and that you are never far away. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
THURSDAY: When should we pray? Men and women in the Bible have taught us that we can pray at any time. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray without ceasing”. There is never a bad time to pray. Heavenly Father, thank you that You are always awake and listening to my prayers; that You never get tired and are available to help me day and night! Remind me to pray all the time. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
FRIDAY: Where should we pray? You can pray anywhere. The Bible says that God is everywhere, so you can be in any situation, place or any kind of trouble, and when you pray He will hear you and answer your prayer as He knows best how to answer it. Thank you Heavenly Father that You are with me, even when I am scared or something bad happens to me. Thank you that I can always cry out to you, day or night. I put my trust in You alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.