How Do you Pray?

I think this is a question many Christians grapple with on a daily basis.

When do you pray? How often should you pray? Where do you pray? How do you pray?

For me; I still haven’t figured out if there is a right way or a wrong way to pray. But I have figured out all that matters for me is that I DO pray.

I don’t know about what others say in their prayers, but at times I find myself sort-of rehearsing in my head what I am going to say.

Do I say this or ask for that? How about praying for all my family and friends? Do I thank the Lord for this or that?

I guess at times it can be a little confusing and probably more so for those who are just coming into their own Christian being. I do remember what my Mom used to say when I was a child. She would have us recite the prayer:

“Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake I pray the Lord my should to take.” Of course at that age I had no real idea what it even meant. But as I got older I understood it in a different light.

She also had us (my Brother) pray to “God Bless” each Aunt and Uncle. And there were quite a few back then.

My Daughter's dog praying...or so it seems.
My Daughter’s dog praying…or so it seems. I think he was really ignoring her but you never really know.

I am relatively new (over the last several years) to praying but the one thing I did figure out was to just pray. I don’t think there is a right or wrong way to do it as long as you do it.

I have come to find for myself that prayer is very powerful and can guide your life is a better direction if needed.

The most important thing I can write here is whenever you pray do it from the heart and don’t rush through it just to get done. Prayers are to really mean something to yourself so take your time and feel what you are praying.

A prayer for you always.

John
Our Divided World

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