A while back, I was reading one of my daily devotionals. The topic was explaining some of the different types of prayers for us to practice. I thought this would be great to share in this column as I believe praying and spending time in God’s word are some of the most important things we can do as Christians.
Some of these types of prayers were ones I had already been practicing, but others I had never really thought of. And as we are faced with different situations in our daily lives, one of these prayer types might be just what you need for that particular moment.
You don’t have to pray a long and fancy prayer. You can just say, “God, I thank you for this day.” I find it important to always thank God for the little things we might take for granted, such as a roof over our heads or food to keep our bodies nourished. All of these things are blessings we have received from God and we should always remember to be grateful.
Be transparent and real. Tell God how you are feeling, and humbly ask for His help. On a daily basis, we will find ourselves dealing with different feelings. In this world, we find stresses from all over the place. It is important to let God know how you are feeling and ask Him where you should turn next. Too often, we try to handle everything on our own because we feel we have the power and know what is always best. But God is the one who has the ultimate power and knows what we need to do way more than we know for ourselves.
Get on your knees in reverence to our God Most High. I often find myself praying on the couch, at my desk or while lying in bed. But in those routine, comfortable positions, our minds can wander and lose focus of our conversations with God. But when you are down on your knees, you are showing respect for God, and I believe it also keeps you more focused in your prayers.
These are just short prayers that lift up what is on your heart at that moment while driving, thinking or talking with others. A variety of thoughts may run through our minds at any given moment, and it’s always a great idea to share those thoughts with God — whether they be good or bad.
Practice having an ongoing conversation with God. Pray when you wake up, and keep the line open all day. It’s like when you call a business and they put you on hold for seven minutes and then again for four more. I don’t know about you, but I put the phone on speaker while I am waiting. In this way, I can also listen if the person on the other end of the line needs to tell me something. This is the same thing with God. We should always be ready to listen when He has something to tell us.
Go without food for a period of time, and use the time you would normally spend eating in prayer. Allow your hunger pangs to remind you to pray for something you are seeking God about.
God’s word never returns void. If you don’t know what to pray, pray the Word. Praying Ephesians 1:17-20 with your family is a great place to start.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com