1. Meditate on God’s purposes for prayer. Allow Scripture to fill you with trust and faith in your God’s ability to both listen and speak to you.
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:7-8
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
2. Ask the Spirit to fill you with a knowledge of God’s desires for you. Where do you need God’s wisdom? What part of your life doesn’t seem to be marked by the work of God? Where do you need peace, joy, and purpose?
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
“Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.” Psalm 85:8
3. Pray in accordance with God’s will. Pray with boldness after you discover God’s heart for your need, knowing that he hears you and will respond to your prayer perfectly.