Every good Christian marvels at the thought of the power and greatness of God. Many end up expressing these feelings through prayer. If you want to learn to be like that, you've come to the right place. There are many ways to pray: through music and arts, in groups, with stories of the Lord's glory, and so on. The important thing is that the message comes from your heart!
Method 1 of 2: Praying a Traditional Prayer
Step 1. Begin prayer by speaking directly to God
In the Bible, Jesus gives Christians an "example" of prayer that applies to any situation. He starts by talking directly to the Lord. God knows you're talking to him, but it's still nice to start with a call.
Use expressions like "Lord God", "Father", "Lord" and so on
Step 2. Honor God's power and goodness
One of the simplest ways to pray to God is to give thanks for how kind He is. Psalm 96:4 reads: "For great is the Lord, and worthy of praise, more fearful than all gods." This verse does not indicate that God is to be feared, but that He is greater than all other gods.
You can pray like this, "Lord, I'm so grateful for Your power to create Earth and Heaven and still care for each one of us."
Step 3. Talk about specific things God has done for you
If you are grateful for God's blessings in your life, why not give thanks in prayer? Think of the best things you have, even if they seem silly: that promotion at work, the friendship you rekindled, and so on.
For example: "I am so grateful that You have interceded in my life and my relationships. Thank you for the opportunities you give me and for allowing me to do what I like!"
Step 4. Thank God, even if you are having a hard time
You don't need to talk to God only when you have good things to report. Give thanks for your life and for Jesus' sacrifice even when you're going through hard times - even to remember the greatness of the Lord and gain strength to keep fighting.
- For example, say, "God, even though I'm going through a difficult time, You continue to guide me. Thank you for giving me strength and I ask you to help me fight for the future."
- 2 Chronicles 5 describes a period when the Israelites were facing certain defeat by a much larger army. However, as they marched, they thanked God with "Praise the Lord, for he is good, for his kindness endureth forever." The story goes further that God blessed them with victory for their faith - and He would do the same for you in times of trouble.
Step 5. Ask God to continue blessing your life
End the prayer with a request that God continue to be present and send love into your life. So He will see how grateful you are for what you have and receive.
- You can say something simple, like "Lord, I ask you to continue to bless each day of my life with Your wisdom."
- End the prayer with something like "In Jesus' name, amen."
Method 2 of 2: Seeking New Ways to Pray to God
Step 1. Raise your hands to God at the time of prayer
No matter where you are (at home or at church), you can always raise your hands to heaven and thank God. This gesture symbolizes man's approach to the Lord.
- This act is described in Psalm 134:1-2: "Behold, bless the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, that serve in the house of the Lord every night. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord."
- You can even clap your hands, even more during chants.
Step 2. Pray to God through songs
The Bible is full of examples of people who prayed to God through music. Psalm 40:3, for example, says, "He has put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God." This verse indicates that not only is music a beautiful tool, but that God gave this gift to men for a reason.
You can even use musical instruments to pray to God, as described in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14: "And it came to pass, when they uniformly blew the trumpets, and sang, to make one voice heard, blessing and praising the Lord; and lifting up their voices with trumpets, cymbals, and other musical instruments, and praising the Lord, saying, For He is good, for His mercy endureth forever."
Step 3. Use your talent for the arts to pray to God
If you don't have a taste for music, at least turn to God's other gifts, such as writing, painting, and theatre. Use all your talents.
- For example, if you are an artistic person, paint a picture of one of your favorite settings and, in the meantime, meditate on the fact that God created a world so full of natural beauty.
- If you are a writer, write a poem in prayer to God.
- If God has blessed you with the gift of interpretation, write or participate in a role play for the Lord.
Step 4. Read Holy Scripture for inspiration
If you need a little help in praying to God, look to the Bible for examples of worship. Read everything to get closer to the Lord!
The book of Psalms is great study material. Psalm 34:1, for example, says: "I will praise the Lord at all times; his praise shall be continually in my mouth."
Step 5. Share God's goodness with people
If you feel the presence of God in your life, why don't you start spreading His goodness? Evangelism is an excellent way to pray to the Lord as it shows gratitude for the good He does.