PRAYER - 20 Amazing Bible Words To Know: (PROSEUCHE) Part 5
We can easily forget that not everyone grew up in a church learning about God. One day, years ago, I asked a young boy if he would like to pray for our lunch but he didn’t know how. He wanted to, but he had never prayed.
How do you teach prayer to someone who has never prayed? I told him that prayer is just like having a conversation with God. But, that’s not really true, is it? I don’t talk to God the same way I talk to my wife or my children.
Prayer can involve things like preparing the heart and focusing our thoughts on God. Prayer can be long or short, deep or shallow, private or public, on bended knee or while we work.
It can require an understanding of theology or a knowledge of ideas like petition, adoration, praise and confession. Some prayers are proper and some are not.
Prayer can be a bit intimidating if you aren’t used to it. If you have never prayed, it’s actually kind of complicated. So, I told him to start like this. There are basically four different types of prayers and they all begin with these starter words:
Please, thanks, I’m sorry and I love You.
Have you prayed today? Do you know where to start? Just think of what you would like to say to God, pick one of those starters and you are on your way. Don’t be intimidated and don’t worry about messing it up. Chances are, God is just thrilled to be hearing from you after all these years!
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”