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SIMPLE WAY TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY (for beginners and veterans)

Biblical prayer framework so easy you can learn how to pray and do it with your children.

Prayer has the potential to be complicated, especially if you sit and watch leaders pray or prayer warriors who’ve been in the faith many years.

But, did you know prayer can be a simple one line or an hour.

The power isn’t necessarily in the words we say but the heart behind them.

My goal is to give you this simple biblical prayer framework so you can learn how to pray by leading your heart into a place of gratitude and humility.

This model is given to us by Jesus himself and I’ve found it opens the floodgates and is so simple children can grasp it. With practice you’ll be able to pray with direction and a rightly motivated heart no matter where you are.

WHAT PRAYER IS NOT

Before I jump into the framework let’s touch on what prayer isn’t.

Prayer isn’t a specific posture. It doesn’t matter if you sit, stand, lay face forward, or head back. Doesn’t matter if you kneel or bow. Fold your hands in your lap or raise them to the sky. Prayer isn’t a posture, so get relaxed and ready to pour your heart out and open to receive.

Prayer isn’t religious. Don’t get overwhelmed thinking you need to speak loud or quiet. Or read a specific prayer 3 times a day 365 days a year. Prayer should flow from out of your heart not with rigid repetition and regulation.

Prayer isn’t a chore. Although in the beginning or in the midst of a rough season it can seem like a chore it isn’t. You don’t need to force prayer if you would reframe it as a relationship, talking to the Lord like you would someone close to you. Just call and speak with comfort.

FOR MORE ABOUT PRAYER READ:

What is Prayer: According to God’s Word

How to Have Confidence in Prayer

 

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WHAT DO YOU SAY WHEN LEARNING HOW TO PRAY

When you’re ready to pray. You’re sitting at your desk, laying on the bed, standing at the kitchen sink (my personal favorite place to pray), kneeling in the living room or on a walk to the park with the children.

Now what?

There are 7 basic fundamentals the in the Bible laid out by Jesus. If you practice using it as an outline you can fill each section in. Before you know it, you’ll be breaking out into prayers you never knew were inside you.

USE HIS FRAMEWORK TO LEARN HOW TO PRAY

PRAISE AND HONOR

Essentially want to start out by honoring the Lord. Praising him and verbalizing his holiness. In Revelation 4:8 they stood around and prayed Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God almighty.

How simple yet powerful. From experience, even when you have the hardest heart, starting with praise and honor towards the Lord will soften your heart. You’ll draw near to God while he draws near to you. It’s beautiful and a blessing to praise his holy name.

Speaking of names, God has many names. I’ve calculated well over 100. These are names and titles referring to the Lord such as Wonderful Counselor, the Alpha and Omega, Bread of Life and so on.

There are many ways, names and characteristic characteristics you can use to praise and honor the Lord.

Example:

Heavenly Father, my Wonderful Lord and giver of Salvation. Thank you for the God that you are, so gracious and merciful. You are Holy and worthy to be praised.

 

PROVISION

One of God’s amazing characteristics is his providence. Providence is when God works through and orchestrates Natural means to make things happen. Its direct and literal work of the Lord. Even you reading this post to learn how to pray is God providence.

Often Providence is mistaken for coincidence or labeled ordinary. This misses the divine goodness of the Lord, so in praying for provision it’s important to have an understanding that God is providing all things.

Whether it be that seemingly random occurrence when you need $11.48 and you have exactly $11.48. Electricity to your home, hot water in your water heater, ability to afford food for your tummy, comforts like pillows and blankets, clothing, soap and toothpaste. Or glasses and contacts to see with, and canes and braces for walking. All of this is God’s providence working.

Likewise, God has set processes in place. For instance, sperm fertilizing an egg it’s his Providence. Your lungs inflating and sending oxygenated blood through your pumping heart to your organs. That’s God’s Providence literally working through the processes he’s set up.

When you understand everything, God does is glorious you continue to have a gracious and soft heart with many things to pray for.

Example:

Lord God, you are the Bread of life, thank you for providing my husband a job to provide the necessities for our family. Thank you for the souls you’ve given us to care for during our time here on earth. I pray your merciful providence continue to bless us and those in need.

PEOPLE

If I had to pick one as the most important aspects of learning how to pray, I’d say people is. Aside from praise and honor. Jesus tells us to love God with all our, heart, soul, strength, mind, and love people.

The greatest prayer for people is first Salvation. Without the gift of true Salvation, they have nothing. No amount of provision is gonna matter without being born-again.

So, when you pray for people make Salvation a priority and then everything else. As long as they are the desires of God.

Any deeper than provision and Salvation your looking at creating a prayer strategy.

Example:

Father, I know you say no one can come to you except through Jesus. I pray [enter name] seeks you while you may still be found. Bring [name] to receive your gift of Salvation and get to know you in a close relationship so that, they may know your joy and peace.

 

FORGIVE THEM

Holding a grudge is equivalent to drinking poison with the intention of someone else dying from it.

In fact, the Lord says if we don’t forgive others, He won’t forgive us. There’s a reason his model prayer prays forgiveness of other before ourselves.

The freedom that come from forgiving others is priceless with massive blessing, we stay in close relationship with God regardless of anyone’s else’s ugly behavior toward us.

They will be held accountable for their own actions as will you.

Example:

Lord God, I ask you to give me the humility and freedom to forgive those who have wronged me [enter specific person or wrongdoing]. Lord you are my strength and my vengeance. Thank you for standing on my behalf and giving me the strength to forgive them [enter specific person or wrongdoing].

 

FORGIVE ME

As a born-again believer it’s important to live in a state of awareness and repentance. When you first learn how to pray it’s easy to get caught up in asking for a bunch of stuff. But, it’s a blessing to get in the habit of asking the Lord to reveal any sin in your life and asking forgiveness for it.

Whether it be backbiting, pride, sexual immorality, idolatry or whatnot, make it a point to ask it be revealed.

You won’t always be aware of sin, especially if it a habit.

Example:

Lord, I want to honor you in the way I live my life. Please reveal to me any way I’ve dishonored you or engaged in sin today by myself or with others. I ask you would show me and give me a way to rectify and change my behavior to better reflect you in my heart.

 

TEMPTATION:

There is nothing worse than sin laying at the door knocking to get in. It’s hard enough being born-again from a terrible heathen lifestyle, having to learn all new ways to live. But then to have sin chasing you down with the intention of dragging you back into your old ways of life. It’s discouraging.

Mind you, trials and tribulations are normal. Spiritual warfare is a normal, New Testament Christian way of life. But God tries your faith, He purifies you by fire. He doesn’t tempt you to sin!

There’s a big difference, therefore, praying for deliverance from temptation is crucial.

Example:

My God, trust you with all my heart. I know you will test my faith. I’m aware you’ve said the road is narrow but please deliver me from temptation and the evil snares of the enemy, who’s ready and waiting to steer me away from you. Keep me near and protected under your wings of refuge.

 

SOVEREIGN GLORY

My favorite part. After all this prayer, at the heart, all things will be done according to God’s sovereign will.

In fact, the words if Jesus spoke, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

God is above all the final say. We can pray, ask, and hope but God knows all things and even when we think we know what’s best for us, we really don’t. We can have confidence that God does thought and will always do what’s best on our behalf.

Even if it hurts. I once prayed for a man. I prayed and begged God would make him my husband. Today, having been married to my husband for so many years with 7 children, I can’t imagine being with that man in prayed he’d make mine. He would’ve certainly led me away from the Lord among many other negative things.

Trust in the Lord AND the process.

Example:

Lord God almighty, I am in awe of you. Thank you for giving me the privilege to come to you in confidence and boldness. I trust in you Lord and pray that your will be done above all things in my life and others. You are the power and the glory, forever. Amen

You’ve officially learned how to pray. Put it all together and you’ve got yourself a prayer.  Long or short, loud or quiet, in any position doesn’t matter. What’s most important is you’ve drawn near to the Lord and shared your heart.

LORDS PRAYER JOURNAL

A prayer journal that flawlessly leads you through the model of prayer Jesus gave.

LORDS PRAYER MODEL

Heavenly Father, my Wonderful Lord and giver of Salvation. Thank you for the God that you are, so gracious and merciful. You are Holy and worthy to be praised.

Lord God, you are the Bread of life, thank you for providing [insert name] a job to provide the necessities for our family. Thank you for the souls you’ve given us to care for during our time here on earth. I pray your merciful providence continues to bless us and those in need.

Father, I know you say no one can come to you except through Jesus. I pray [enter name] seeks you while you may still be found. Bring [name] to receive your gift of Salvation and get to know you in a close relationship so that, they may know your joy and peace.

Lord God, I ask you to give me the humility and freedom to forgive those who have wronged me [enter specific person or wrongdoing]. Lord you are my strength and my vengeance. Thank you for standing on my behalf and giving me the strength to forgive them [enter specific person or wrongdoing].

Lord, I want to honor you in the way I live my life. Please reveal to me any way I’ve dishonored you or engaged in sin today by myself or with others. I ask you would show me and give me a way to rectify and change my behavior to better reflect you in my heart.

My God, trust you with all my heart. I know you will test my faith. I’m aware you’ve said the road is narrow but please deliver me from temptation and the evil snares of the enemy, who’s ready and waiting to steer me away from you. Keep me near and protected under your wings of refuge.

Lord God almighty, I am in awe of you. Thank you for giving me the privilege to come to you in confidence and boldness. I trust in you Lord and pray that your will be done above all things in my life and others. You are the power and the glory, forever. Amen

 

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