How to pray

Matthew 6:7-15
In Matthew 6:7, Jesus cautioned against meaningless repetition when talking to the Father. Just two verses
later, He left a pattern to help us pray. However, in using this passage, which is known as the Lord’s Prayer,
we’re often guilty of the very thing Jesus warned against: Instead of thoughtfully praying each line, we run
through the words mindlessly. But if we take time to carefully examine Christ’s words, we’ll find the pattern
that can transform our prayer life.
• ADORATION OF THE FATHER (Matt. 6:9). God the Father is the focus of all our prayers.
We should never forget what a privilege it is to bend our knees on earth and reach almighty God
in heaven.
• SUBMISSION TO HIS WILL (Matt. 6:10). Prayer should reflect a desire to align ourselves with
God’s goals and purposes, not to get Him to follow our plans.
• PETITION GOD FOR OUR NEEDS (Matt. 6:11). We are dependent upon the Lord, and He wants
us to come to Him with our requests.
• CONFESSION OF SINS (Matt. 6:12). When we repent and forgive others, we maintain fellowship
with God. But if we hold grudges, that fellowship is broken. God loves to answer our prayers when
the lines of communication are not disrupted.
• DELIVERANCE FROM EVIL (Matt. 6:13). Our enemy is too strong for us, but Christ has already
won the victory over him.
Jesus ended the prayer where He began—with praise to the Father for His kingdom, power, and glory
(Matt. 6:13). Next time you say this prayer, concentrate on each verse. Then, following this pattern will result
in a more dynamic and effective prayer life because it will be God-centered.

How to Pray to God

Prayer is about friendship with God. Jesus taught us to see our connection with God as a loving father-child relationship. When we pray “Our Father”, we are engaging in a God who loves us and wants to share time with us. In any communication we talk (or write) to somebody and they talk with us. Prayer is simply this – taking time to speak to God, and to listen to Him

How to Pray
• How to write a prayer

Do you have an occasion coming up where you need to say a prayer in a church service or meeting? On the right-hand side of this page there is a short guide to what elements make for a good opening prayer, including ideas on how we might thank and adore God, request things, and conclude the prayer. This page also offers several sample prayers for opening meetings with.

• how to pray for healing

On the right-hand side of this page is a commentary on how the early disciples of Christ prayed for healing. The Acts of the Apostles records many incidents of miraclous healings, and this article explores what we might be able to learn from this as we pray for those who are sick today. The page also has links to many sample prayers for specific types of healing – such as petitions for sick children, surgery, and overcoming addictions and fears.

• how to fast and pray

The practice of fasting has a long tradition in church history. Catholic and Protestant Churches alike celebrate Lent as a period of abstinence and prayer, mirroring (in some small way) Christ’s forty days of fasting in the wilderness, prior to his public ministry. Many Christians today fast on a regular basis, and sometimes whole church communities are called to fast together for a specific reason such as an upcoming mission or outreach. This page has a guide to spiritual fasting – covering questions such as why and when we are to fast, and practical tips on this important spiritual discipline.

• how to pray for others

Praying for others is known as intercession. This page explains what intercession is and outlines the groups of people the bible encourages us to pray for. There are also several examples of intercessory prayer, with prayers for justice, healing, peace and an Episcopal intercession for the poor and neglected.

• how to pray in the spirit

Praying in the spirit is essentially about being led by God as we pray, rather than going through some kind of meaningless ritual or empty babble. This page offers a guide to the characteristics of this type of prayer, what “praying in tongues” involves, a sample of “singing in the spirit”, and a Catholic prayer to the Holy Spirit.