QUESTION: WHAT IS THE CORRECT WAY TO PRAY?
STUDY REFERENCE: Matthew 6:9-13, John 16:23, Luke 18:9-10
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us not to be anxious about anything, to pray about everything and to pray with a thankful heart. God will answer all such prayer with the gift of His peace in our hearts. The proper way to pray is to pour out our hearts to God, being honest and open with God, as He already knows us better than we know ourselves. We are to present our requests to God, keeping in mind that God knows what is best and will not grant a request that is not His will for us. We are to express our love, gratitude and worship to God in prayer without worrying about having just the right words to say. God is more interested in the content of our hearts than the eloquence of our words.
1 John 5:14 says; "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." John 14:14 also says; "If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it." John 16:23 says; "In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you."
Therefore, we pray with confidence, the will of God, in the name of Jesus!
Jesus taught us how to pray "The Lord's Prayer", it's a given “pattern” for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Please understand that the Lord’s Prayer is not a prayer we are to memorize and recite to God. It is an example of the things that should go into a prayer(worship, trust in God, requests, confession, and submission). We are to pray for the things the Lord’s Prayer talks about, using our own words and “customizing” it to our own journey with God. The proper way to pray is to express our hearts to God. Sitting, standing, or kneeling; hands open or closed; eyes opened or closed; in a church, at home, or outside; in the morning or at night, these are all side issues, subject to personal preference, conviction, and appropriateness. God’s desire is for prayer to be a real and personal connection between Himself and us.
The Lord hears the prayers of the justified and the humble. God wants to hear sincerity in our prayer, not vanity. As we pray, let’s determine to stay steadfastly humble before the Lord. God is concerned with the heart of a person. So next time you go to God in prayer, ask yourself, am I humble or proud? Either way, it’s a chance to get right with Him.