I don’t know how to pray 

A lot of people have been deceived into thinking that they don’t know how to pray.

A lot of people think that they can’t talk to God just like they can a natural man.

A lot of people don’t come to God being 100 percent truthful.

A lot of people seem to believe they don’t know how to pray.
I’m here to tell you that’s a lie! I use to get on my knees and pray like I “thought” I needed to pray. I use to be saying big words not being truthful not really having a conversation with God. I just prayed because I thought it was the right thing to do. I prayed out of routine and not habit.

Then I remembered reading the scripture Matthew 6:7 one day the scripture says “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.” It was like a lightbulb went off

That’s exactly what I was doing. I wasn’t really focused on God my mind wasn’t clear and I just really wanted to pray to say I was praying for I could receive my blessings. Yup I’m keeping it 1000 with you all because I don’t want no one else to get deceived like I was. So then I remember going to church and my First Lady whom I love so much started to talk about her “War Book” and I asked my best friend Ariel what is that? She told me it’s just a journal of prayers that you write and seal with a scripture. I’m like wait, so I could write to God like how I use to write in my diary? She told me yeah and bought me one.

Shoutout to her for that because that’s where it all started. I remember my first prayer was about this boy who I liked and I wanted him to be saved so I wrote about him. Then I started writing about me and how I don’t trust God enough. On my God then I started to like it until I became discouraged. The devil was putting thoughts in my head that my prayers weren’t working and that God doesn’t respond to prayers like that. That’s where the word of God comes in. In order to fight the devil you have to know the word God(The holy Bible).  I started searching the word to see if I was doing things wrong I noticed that I wasn’t. I remember looking up Gideon he questioned God so many times and God still used him because he kept being consistent in his prayer life.

After the journaling for a while I started to get up at the crack of dawn praying on my knees in my quiet place. which was my bathroom at first then I graduated to the closet. I started to feel soooo much power when I started to pray this way. Not saying that the journal wasn’t helping but it wasn’t enough let me give you an example. Imagine if you just started dated the guy/girl of your dreams and all you guys did was text you never went out, you never talked on the phone, you never got to know the person on a deeper level the initial like or attraction you had for the person before will start to gradually go away because you wasn’t consistent and you never talked to each other on that deeper level. What makes God any deeper? See when we first started dating (Me and Jesus) I would just write to him. Then I wanted to know more about him so I researched his word and who he was. I started getting to know him by talking to him daily whether I was walking, listening to gospel music, podcasts about him, talking to him while I was at work, washing dishes, wherever I was I made him apart of my life. I wanted him so bad that he would wake me up at 4 and 5 am to pray with him because it was some things about me he needed out of me in order for him to properly use me. Just like in a relationship when your spouse dislike some things about you y’all talk about it and you change it because you love them that much that you want to make them happy. He showed me through prayer and  really reading his word how he can change my life. He showed me how he could become my everything. Jesus took away everything now he’s my everything.

I didn’t know how to pray at first I thought I had it right but I had it all wrong I was being like the pagans praying saying anything and was so disconnected from God. Until I figured out that Jesus could be my best friend. I learned that I could be completely honest with him even if it’s something so dirty I can’t tell anyone else he will listen and help me. His line was never to busy, his phone never died on me. Most importantly he taught me how to seek his face correctly. He taught me that praying in the morning is just like eating breakfast or drinking water it’s that boost of energy you need in order to face this world. He showed me that if I pray before 6am it would be less distractions and more time I could spend with him without rushing. Jesus also prayed early in the morning in his secret place what makes us any different.

So never think you don’t know how to pray just have a conversation with God always end your prayers in Jesus name,watch how he would start working with you. God respects honesty and someone trying any day over somebody who thinks they know it all just praying out of routine. Jesus was a teacher they always called him that in the bible whatever you don’t know he will teach you. If you have a phone or access to the Internet look up the famous prayers in the bible and start off with that then God will teach you how to start praying with power.

Start off with this prayer and talk to God throughout your day have ears to hear him and he will began to show you how to pray. Don’t get discouraged just pray!

Matthew 6:9-14

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from the evil one.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Amen

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