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HOW TO PRAY AS A CHRISTIAN | BEST GUIDE 2018

HOW TO PRAY AS A CHRISTIAN


how to pray as a christian

Most people tend to ask the question, how do I pray as a Christian? Some might be shocked to know that praying to God as a Christian is quite easy. Without boring you with long talk, I'll quickly cut to the chase and tell you how to pray as a Christian.
   
The scripture (Luke 11:1) says;

        'And it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, that when He ceased, one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord teach us to pray even as John also taught his disciples'

The disciples of Jesus had lived with him for a while and they could not be ignorant of the fact and rather asked to be taught how to pray. Now, we all need to be taught how to pray as Christians, but unfortunately unlike His disciples did, we do not all realize this need.

Surprisingly many Christians quietly assume that there is nothing to be learned about prayer and praying, and for this reason, the prayer life of many remains frivolous.

We have to learn how to talk, walk, drive a car, play the piano, speak languages and so on, why then should we conclude or assume that the act of praying does not need to be learned? Read (Hebrew 5:7).

Let us not only be an inspiring example but also a rich deposit of teaching on the subject of prayer. He gave us the Holy Spirit to be our helper and teacher also 'Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities for we know not what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered' (Romance 8:26).

Christ, therefore, teaches us how to pray as Christians, not only through His recorded word in the Gospel but also through the Holy Spirit within us praying in the Spirit. Read (Romance 8:27, Ephesians 6:18).


LEARNING HOW TO PRAY AS A BEGINNER: GUIDELINES




*TIME AND PLACE

          In the worship of the old testament, the daily sacrifice was offered early in the morning and again in the evening. 'You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ'(1 Peter 5:2).

Every child of Christ is a priest, with the privilege of offering the altar spiritual sacrifice of worship every day, in the morning and evening, this is our continual offering. But if this must be done it is necessary to set aside time for morning and evening prayer, and we must be very definite and practical.

Nothing that is said about prayer will be of many advantages unless definite time is set aside for it. If this is not done, it will simply push out of our life by the demand of hectic modern world. Christians neglect prayer not because they disbelieve in it, but because they have not set aside definite time and place for it. Adequate time must be given to prayer each morning before the day's work begins.

It's necessary to discipline oneself to get up at the required hour, it's advisable to use an alarm clock in our prayer life. Unless we learn to get up from bed at fixed hour, a disciplined prayer life is just not possible.
     

What length of time should be set aside for prayer both morning and evening? The answer to this question is not the same for everyone. Half an hour is certainly not too long, anything less than a minute is too short. It's wise to possibly aim for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then try to extend it to an hour or more. It's advisable not to pray in a hurry, rather we must learn to duel in the leisure of the Holy Spirit.

When a time is set for prayer, being faithful to the time is regarded as a part of one's loyalty to Christ, for prayer is not a daily duty but a personal meeting with Holy Spirit, Lover of our souls. It will be helpful if possible to have a prayer corner, a place comfortable to kneel with the Bible and other devotional books. We may follow our Lord Jesus example and seek some quiet spot for prayer and meditation. The aim of this is to connect a free from interruption. ''When thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door pray to the Father which is in secret'' (Matthew 6:6).




*THE KIND OF PRAYER

Our prayers can also be broken up into parts, eight of them actually. Each of this listed below should be included in any complete prayer life. 

1. Praise/Adoration: This would be the expression of pure love to God in worship, admiration, esteem, Joy etc. And it is the highest form of prayer. It's an act of delighting in his being and attributes, to glorify God and acknowledge His supreme worth. In offering this we need our Psalter and our Hymnal to help us.

2. Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Is the grateful acknowledgment, an expression of gratitude of our indebtedness to Him who is to come. Every good and perfect gift that we receive, it's best to say 'Thank you' to God. Christians should make this a habit and not take God's gift for granted.

3. Penitence: We always come before God as sinners in need of forgiveness through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. Penitence includes self-examination, confession, feeling of regret or remorse for doing something bad, and this should be done in full detail and not vague or general terms. ( Psalm 51).

4. Intercession: Is praying for other people, the act of intervening on behalf of another person. In fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we royal priesthood intercede for our brethren and for the whole world.

5. Petition:  Is making our own personal request to God the Father, who in His desire want to know and satisfy the needs of all His children. And this must be according to the will and purpose of God, and when this is done we must believe.

6. Consecration: It an act of offering or dedicating our whole self as Holy, a living sacrifice unto God (Romance 12:1). It is the climax of all prayer. A believer should make such a good surrender, dedicating himself in the morning and for the coming day.

7. Meditating On The Scripture: Meditating is keeping the mind fixed upon something, contemplating philosophically. Now, God speaks to us in His word, meditating on this helps in our prayer. It's a prayerful reflection where we communicate with the Holy Spirit to give us more insight about the scripture even as Jesus did to His disciples. (Luke 24:32). Meditating comprises speaking, picturing, feeling contemplating and study. It also has to do with connecting with the Holy Spirit in our heart and mind.

8. Guidance: It's a prayer we pray for God to give us the direction of the coming day, problem, situation, Journey and on. And this is related to our daily life seeking for Gods guidance through prayer. 
Now, this eight listed prayer should find a place in our daily prayer life, this can be done in numerous ways.



*APPLYING HELP

A  lot of Christians have difficulties in knowing what to say in their prayers, and end up repeating the same phrases, word, and ideas.

The main solution of this difficulty is to live in such intimate fellowship with God through Jesus Christ and be sincere in His presence. Furthermore, our prayer life can be improved by making full use of the varied devotional book which has come down to us.

If you are having difficulty in praying to God as a Christian, the available materials listed below could help.

1. The Holy Scripture: All prayer should be based and related to the scripture. For we are to speak to God, remind Him upon the basis of what He says to us in His word, this way our prayer becomes a dialogue. A complete prayer life must be with scriptural backings.

2.  The Book Of Psalms: Helps us in praising God, and this must be done at all times. The psalms should be repeated aloud as an offering of praise to God. This does not mean that all psalms are equally suitable for use in this particular way. So we can make our own collection of psalms which can be used in personal prayer.

3. The Hymn Book: Is a very nice collection of prayers of all kind and is especially helpful for praise and thanksgiving. It's good to sing the Hymn to God, but if the reader is having difficulties in his vocals the Hymn may be said as a prayer kneeling. Every Christian should possess the use of Hymnal in prayer.

4. Books Of Prayer: There are very many books on prayer which will help us in prayer. We have Daily Guide, Daily prayer and so on..


CONCLUSION

Learning how to pray as a Christian takes time for some people and for others, it may come naturally. Hey, don't be scared, praying as a Christian is very easy to achieve.

Vivid application of the methods listed above will ultimately help you to know how to pray as a Christian, it will also ease your prayer life and help in your communication with the Holy Spirit.

Thanks for reading, kindly drop a comment if you have any questions or contributions regarding this post.


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