In Luke 11:1 Jesus’ disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Everyone needs to learn more about prayer. Some christians do not know how to pray properly, so their prayers are not even answered.

What is prayer? Prayer is simply man talking to God. It is a form of communication similar in many ways to simply talking to any other person.

What Should We Pray About? What should we say in our prayer? Some cannot think of much to say. Others say things that are inappropriate or even unscriptural. Some just repeat memorized phrases that they have heard from others.

We should compare Bible examples of prayer to our own prayers to improve our prayers. Bible prayers commonly included many descriptions of the glory and greatness of God.

In our prayer, we should began by praising God’s name and His greatness, we should praise God’s character and work instead of thinking of more things for God to give us.

We should pray on behalf of others. Bible prayers are filled with requests and thanksgiving for people other than the one offering the prayer. How often do we think to pray for others, whether or not they request our prayers?

We should pray for what we truly need, but we should also remember to thank God for what we have received. Instead of worrying, we should be giving thanks to the Lord, let our requests be made known to God

God’s answers to prayer are like a father who gives good gifts to his children.

We should cast our cares on God, because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Bible prayers include thanksgiving right alongside requests. God invites us to ask for what we need, but He is displeased when we are so ungrateful as to offer no thanks when the request is granted.

No one prayer could mention everything there is to pray about, but Bible prayers teach us many specific things to mention. We may pray about these things for ourselves or for others. We may make requests and then give thanks for God’s blessings.

We should pray for kings and rulers so that we might lead a peaceful and godly life.

David pray for God to guard his mouth and speech, Note how Bible prayers often concerned spiritual needs and blessings. Some people seem to pray for all the physical things they want only. Biblical prayers may concern physical needs, but very often they emphasized man’s spiritual needs.

How do our prayers compare to Bible prayers? Are there areas where we need to improve?

When, Where, How Long, and how Often Should We Pray?

Should we pray publicly, privately, in church meetings, as daily routine, or spontaneously? What posture must we be in?

Prayer should be a regular, frequent part of our daily lives, and we should never quit or cease the practice of prayer. Further, we should never participate in any practice such that we would be ashamed to pray to God in the midst of that activity.

Jesus prayed before daybreak (in the early morning) in a solitary place. Paul prayed before a meal. The Psalmist prayed evening, morning and at noon. Daniel prayed three times a day.

We should pray in private but also in public worship assemblies. We should not pray to make a show before others, but we should not be ashamed to pray when others are present. We should pray habitually throughout the day but also at special times when needs arise.

Must we stand when we praye or only kneel or sit? Must we speak out loud for God to hear us? Must we fold our hands, bow our heads, and close our eyes? Notice what these Bible examples say about position.

In Nehemiah 1:4, Nehemiah sat down, wept and prayed. In Mark 11:25 and Luke 18:13, These people’s prayers were heard though they were in a standing position. In 1st Chronicles 29:20, these people bowed their heads and prostrated themselves when they prayed. In John 17:1, What did Jesus do when He prayed? Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven and spoke to the Father.1 Sam. 1:12,13, What do you notice about how Hannah prayed? she did not speak out loud. She spoke in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard.

Think: What can we learn from all these examples? Does the position we are in determine whether or not God hears our prayers?

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