How should I pray? That’s always a good question. Communication, especially with questions, is an important aspect of every healthy relationship, including our relationship with God. The more we spend time with Him, the more we get to know Him and His love for us. This is why we pray–it’s our way of communicating with God.
But what exactly is prayer? What should we talk about when we talk with God? All prayer fits into one of these three basic forms: tell, ask, and listen.
Tell: He already knows everything you’re experiencing, but He wants you to trust Him with your heart. Be honest about what you’re going through, thinking, and feeling. Talk about what excites you and what disappoints you, what makes you happy or sad. Tell Him you love Him, you’re thankful for Him, and you praise Him for who He is and what He does.
Ask: God wants us to ask Him for what we need, because it builds our trust in Him. No matter how big or small the need is, it matters to Him! We can ask for help, strength, provision, and guidance. He tells us, “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” Jeremiah 33:3 MSG
Listen: Prayer is a conversation with God, and we aren’t meant to do all the talking. God wants to communicate with us, too! In John 10:27 NLT Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” Here Jesus identifies Himself as a shepherd, and we are His sheep. Our growing relationship with Him helps listen for and identify His voice. You may experience it as a whisper to your heart as you spend time with Him. It can be through scripture, when a passage seems to come alive to you as you read it.
Interested in learning more about prayer? Watch the Pray series and start the Bible Plan.