Last week we discussed the importance of faith in our prayers and our actions. This week we will focus on how to pray according to the scriptures. 

First, we should live our lives in a constant attitude of prayer and allow ourselves to be drawn to into the Lord’s presence through a constant connection to Him as we live our daily life’s experiences. The bible tells us to pray always or “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The scriptures also teach us to pray according to God’s will. In all prayers, we should keep the perspective that it should always be “if the Lord wills”.  This way we acknowledge that the Lord is in charge and He knows what is best. “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. . . For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (James 4:14-15, 1 John 5:14 and Ephesians 5:17).

Every time we pray we should come with an open heart and allow God’s Spirit to guide us in our prayers. When we are inadequate, the Spirit will intervene for us and know the exact thing to pray for.  “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, but be filled with the Spirit; 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 groaninsg which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” (Romans 8:16, Romans 8:26-27, Ephesians 5:18, Ephesians 6:18, and Jude 1:20). (TO BE CONTINUED)