Maybe you have heard some beautiful prayers in your life but you might feel as though you do not know how to pray. Prayer is intimacy with God that leads to the fulfillment of His purposes. Just as communication is important to build and maintain relationships with family, your spouse, or even in your work place it is even more important to establish a relationship with Christ. It is through prayer that you can better know God.
In one of Jesus’ famous sermons, he taught that when you pray go to your room and close the door (Matthew 6:6). He advocated praying in private. By doing so you would remove distraction and concentrate fully on God. Jesus continued and emphasized getting to the point when praying, instead of ‘babbling’ as though using many words will make you be heard (Matthew 6:7). Therefore as you pray, lift up to God what is truly on your heart and be open and honest with Him. And just like having any effective communication with another person give time to hear what God has to say to you when you pray. Read Scripture when you pray so that you can hear what God has to say.
You may have heard that God knows what is on our hearts before we pray. So then why do we need to pray? We should pray to God because He is worthy and we are needy. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.