Many times throughout the Bible we are told to pray--"Pray without ceasing," (1 Thess. 5:16-18) "Ask and it will be given you," (Matt. 7:7-8) and "Do all things with prayer and supplication" (Phil. 4:6) to name a few. But how do we pray? What should we say?
Jesus gives us an example of prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, however that doesn't mean we should just repeat that prayer all the time. So here's a general outline for you to follow as you pray:
P-Praise. Thank God for what he has done for you.
Thank you, God, for all the things you have blessed me with. Thank you for putting air in my lungs and keeping my heart beating. Thank you for getting me through another school year and for the supportive friends and family that You have given me.
R-Request. Ask God for what you need.
God, please be with my friend that is sick right now and heal their body. Please help me as I study and take my finals that you would help me to stay focused and remember what I've learned.
A-Adoration. Praise God for who He is.
God, thank you for being you. Thank you for never changing--I know I can always count on you to be there. I praise you for how powerful you are-- I know that whatever I'm going through isn't too big for you to handle. Thank you for being love and for loving me regardless of what I've done.
Y-Yield. Submit your requests and your life to God's plan.
God, I know that you have everything under control. Please help me to not get in the way of your plans, but use me to bring your plans about. Whatever happens, I know that it's what You wanted.
God isn't a genie that you just ask for gifts, and he's not an evil tyrant that doesn't care about what you want or how you feel. He loves and cares for you and just wants you to P.R.A.Y.
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