What Does the Bible Say about Prayer?
The Bible is the Word of God. His Word tells us that we can be confident when we go to God in prayer (1John 5:14). We don’t have to hide our flaws or insecurities. God already knows our every thought and action. Scripture (Jeremiah 29:12) shares that if we go to God in prayer, He will listen.
Scripture shares how we are to pray for everyone, not just people we like. We are called to pray for family, friends, strangers, and enemies. Yes, pray for everyone. Do not judge. Do not try to decide how God should answer a prayer. He has a plan, and His plan is always best.
Why Is Prayer so Powerful?
Maybe you have heard people say, “There is power in prayer.” Yes, there is power in praying in the name of Jesus. When we tell someone we will pray for them, we are offering to open the conversation with God. Comfort can be found and burdens lessened when we pray and give our concerns to God.
As humans, we can’t handle things on our own. Too often, we try to handle situations before going to God. That is not how God wants us to live. God invites us into a relationship with Him. Go to God first in prayer. Day or night, He is available.
Some Ways on How to Pray
Have you ever considered the many different ways of praying? In the Bible, we read about Jesus praying alone. We also read how people prayed together (Matthew 18:19-20). Think of the ways you have prayed. Have you prayed alone? Prayed in a group? Perhaps you have prayed with family and friends? A prayer before a meal? A prayer before bedtime?
Consider these ways of praying. Each one of these ways can strengthen your relationship with God and draw you closer to Him.
Praying alone: When you are alone, ask God to open your heart and mind for Him to come in and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Feel His presence as you relax and concentrate fully on the Lord.
Reading Scripture: The Bible is filled with prayers to read and learn more about God. Try reading the Word of God aloud. Read with your family. Take turns reading Scripture and pause to discuss questions. Choose a special time with no distractions to read Scripture.
ACTS- Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication: Some people prefer a method to prayer, while others choose to speak from the heart. Either way, rest assured God hears our prayers.
With the ACTS method, the prayer begins with adoration and praise. Thank God for His love and mercy. Thank God for His forgiveness (Matthew 6:9-13).
Confessing our sins and iniquities reminds us that we are flawed people. Salvation is found only through Jesus Christ. During this part of the prayer, ask God to forgive you for sinning, and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving is next in the ACTS prayer. Thank God for His love, mercy, glory, and blessings. Thank God for His forgiveness. Thank God for always being with you, in every moment. “Thank You, God.”
Supplication brings time to make your requests known to God. Yes, He knows your thoughts. Now, is the time during prayer to acknowledge your needs. God will answer in His way and in His timing. Be patient. Whatever His answer may be, know that answer is part of His plan for your life or the person you are praying for.
Using the ACTS method may take practice. Be patient. Try this method and feel the presence of God.