How To Choose The Right Words When Praying

How to choose the right words to pray

Does praying seem hard to you?

Are you finding it hard to choose the right words when you pray?

The enemy of your soul would like nothing better than to convince you that praying is hard so he can stop you from praying. Scripture says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” He would like nothing more than to eliminate your enthusiasm and destroy your prayer life.

In Priscilla Shirer’s book, “Fervent: A Woman’s Battle to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer” she says, “prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth.”

What is prayer?

When you pray, you are simply talking with God. It’s the same as communicating with a friend or a family member. Prayer is a form of communication. Learning to hear God’s voice for yourself may seem hard. But, be encouraged! Scripture promises believers can hear His voice. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice.”

Choosing the right words

When you’re talking with God, He isn’t interested in you choosing “the right words.” He is looking at your heart. He wants you to share with him as you would your best friend. What’s on your heart? How do you honestly think and feel? He’s interested in conversation that is sincere, honest and genuine. When you share your heart with Him honestly, He has the freedom to work. The good news is, He’s already promised to never leave you nor forsake. He will not reject you or abandon you.

The model prayer

You aren’t the first to wonder about the right way to pray. One of the disciples asked Jesus how to pray. Jesus taught us this way:

“The Lord’s Prayer”
Our Father, ….
Which art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)

The Lord’s Prayer is the ideal prayer.

  • It acknowledges God’s greatness
  • It gives Him praise and worship.
  • It makes our petitions (requests) known
  • Through it, we confess our sin and offer repentance

But, instead of using a formula for a prayer, God is interested in a relationship with you and each of His children.

Simple, honest prayers

Sometimes, in the midst of a painful situation, all we can offer is a single word: “Help!” Other times, we are not asking God for anything. We are simply telling Him how amazing we think He is. At other times, we have no idea how we are supposed to pray. That is when the Holy Spirit will intercede for us. “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” Romans 8:26).

Give and Take

Prayer is not just talking to (or at) God or only telling Him what you need or want. Spend time in His presence, listening. He longs to tell us His heart. At times, He also corrects us during prayer.

Are you unsure what to pray for? Ask Him! He will give you the words. He promises to give us wisdom whenever we lack. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).

Are you ready to share your heart with Him and listen to His heart for you?

Because of Him, #HopePrevails!

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