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How Shall I Pray?

Do you have a hard time praying? I do. I struggle with what to say and how to say it.

I, admittedly, have also told God that since he already knows where my life will end up, praying seems so drawn out.

But, my friends, we forget that prayer is a means of grace. It is a way for us to be in a relationship with Christ and to feel his presence.

There are many powerful prayers offered up to God in the Bible. We see them all throughout the Book of Psalms, Job, Lamentations, and Daniel. I plan to talk more in depth about prayer in the upcoming weeks.

Reverend Peter Puliatti, of Calvary OPC, once said that when we read the Old Testament we read some very powerful prayers and you start to notice a trend. They pray God’s promises and words back to him, and this is something that we can do, too.

A way to do that, is to find prayers in the Bible and write them out in a journal. This way, you can tailor Biblical prayers to your unique situation. I can honestly say that this has completely changed my prayer life.

Below is a prayer from Daniel that I have altered so that you can fill it in personally in order to pray God’s words back to him. Write it out or speak it out loud and as you do, pause to recognize the moments that God is speaking to you through his own Words.

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,

to whom belong _______ and _______.

He changes times and seasons;

he removes _______ and sets up ______;

he gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to those who have understanding;

he reveals _______ and _______;

he knows what is in the darkness,

and the light dwells with him.

To you, O God of my fathers,

I give thanks and praise,

for you have given me _______ and _______,

and have now made known to me ____________,

for you have made known to me (specify here) ____________.

Book Recommendation: Pray Like This by Katie Noble

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