Prayer is Talking
If you want to get to know someone, you could read about them. But you might also want to talk to them. God wants to have a relationship with you – one that is real and one that is personal. The Bible is full of invitations for you to talk to God. You don’t have to pick up a phone, or send an e-mail...you can talk to the very creator of the universe right now where you are.
HOW TO PRAY...
Talk to God about your needs.
Matthew 7:7 says that we should always ask God about our needs. John 15:7 and Philippians 4:6-7 talk about bringing your needs to God. If He can take care of the birds, He can take care of our needs.
Ask Him for forgiveness.
1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, God will forgive our sins. In your prayer time, ask God to forgive you where you messed up. Ask Him for strength. Even though you are a Christian, you will probably still sin. You need to confess sin to God.
Listen for His response.
Nobody likes a one-way conversation. In fact, one person talking is not a conversation. When you talk to God, give Him a chance to answer you. He may not speak with an audible voice or write letters on your wall, but He will answer you if you are listening and walking with Him.
Keep it Going
I Thessalonians 5:17 says to pray all the time. You don’t have to be in church with your eyes closed to pray. You can pray in your heart to God wherever you are.
Invest Time in Other People
God is not Santa Claus! If all you ever do is give God a shopping list of your needs, then you are being selfish in your prayers. Pray for others. Pray for your church. Pray for those who don’t know God. Pray for your family.
Never Quit Being Thankful
Thanksgiving is expressing gratitude to God for specific things. When God answers a prayer, thank Him. You can thank God not only for what He has done, but for who He is.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.