Having been an assistant to my pastor for 12+ years, it shocks me to find out how many people in this day and age, regardless of how often they go to Church or read the Bible, still do not know how to properly pray. Praying is a deep spiritual talk correspondence with God, and should be treated as such. This article will guide you into how to pray more properly and effectively.
To begin, in order to pray properly you have to believe in what you are praying in and let it be truly meaningful. If you do not believe in what you are praying in then why should God?
Put in your best effort in explaining to God what the situation or event is. Also let the prayer be meaningful. Don’t pray for something as miniscule as letting a pimple go away by morning or hoping that you get new shoes for tomorrow. Pray for something that really resonates within you and is meaningful to you too, such as family, friends, and loved ones. If it is meaningful to you, it has a deeper connection to you and thus will allow you to pray more earnestly.
Second in properly praying, you have to pray honestly. You can not lie to God as you are praying, because he can see when you have trickery in your heart. Be honest in your prayer. God will not judge you based on what you pray on he is your father and will understand whatever you tell him as long as it is meaningful and you believe in him. Trying to deceive him or anyone else for that matter is a sin, and would nullify your prayer in the process.
The last step in praying to God is to be thankful. When praying to God you cannot only ask him to help you in life, but thank him for the life he has continuously gives you. God wakes you up each day. He makes sure that you are clothed, fed, and housed. He makes sure that you are surrounded by loving people, and that these loving people are well and healthy each day. To not take a few minutes out of you day to thank someone for doing all this for you, when they do not even have to, would be considered selfishness almost to the point of stupidity.
In conclusion, praying to God should be understood as a spiritual communication, so understanding how to talk to properly talk to God is essential. You must be meaningful, honest, have belief, and be thankful for everything in your prayers. Once you understand and follow these tips you will have mastered how to properly pray.