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You have probably prayed at some point during your lifetime. Perhaps when money was short, or a loved one faced a debilitating disease or was in an accident, or when life just wasn’t working the way you had expected it. In moments of tragedy, pain, loss or fear, many people find prayer is a natural thing to do – even before they chose to follow Jesus.
You were designed by God to pray. He placed that desire in your heart so He could have relationship with you. Prayer is simply talking with Him. If you want to develop your relationship with Jesus, you will want to engage in prayer throughout your day.
A human analogy works well to explain this point. A good father wants to talk to and have relationship with his children—he wants to know them and he wants them to know him! In fact, it brings Him great joy to listen to and talk with His children. God, your Heavenly Father, has that same kind of desire to know you and talk with you. He loves you and He loves to hear your voice.
Prayer is a conversation with God. You have a standing invitation to talk with your Heavenly Father. He is always with you and through the presence of the Holy Spirit, He lives inside of you. It doesn’t get any closer than that! (See John 14:12-31.) Prayer is sharing your desires, fears, hopes and dreams (for yourself and for others) and asking God to help and guide you and others through every aspect of life.
As you go about your day, you can ask God to lead and guide you, to show you His perspective and to share His wisdom so you make good choices. Prayer is also thanking Him for all of the good things that happen and for His Presence in the middle of the difficult moments in life. Finally, prayer is also an expression of your adoration and love for God. In the Bible this is called “worship”. It is the response of your heart when you know you are fully and completely loved and forgiven.
Jesus’ disciples noticed how important Jesus’ prayer life was. It was a priority for Him. He consistently went off by Himself to pray. (Look at these Scriptures that tell us about Jesus’ life of prayer: Mark 6:46, Mark 12:32-38, Luke 5:16, Luke 21:31- 32, John 17.) The disciples were so drawn to Jesus’ prayer life that they asked Him to teach them to pray. Jesus answered their question by saying, “when you pray” not “if you pray” (Matthew 6:5-7 and Luke 11:1-2). He wants us to talk with Him and He expects us to talk to Him.
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave us a model for our praises. It is written out in phrases on the next page.
You may have heard this prayer before, but take a few minutes and write out what you think each phrase means. It will help you understand how God wants you to pray. If you get stuck, ask some other followers of Christ what they think a phrase means.
For an introduction to prayer and praise, watch this message from Pastor Greg on the topic
Prayer can feel overwhelming. Where do I start? What should I say? In this structure, we have a simple and powerful guide for how to pray. A. C. T. S.
Remember all of God’s wonderful characteristics.
“How awesome are your deeds!”
Tell Him the areas of life where we have fallen short.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
Thank Him for who He is and what He’s done for you in your life.
“glorify him with thanksgiving”
Ask God what you need in your life.
Make your requests known to God.” -Philippians 4:6
READING YOUR BIBLE
The idea of reading your bible can be intimidating, where do I start? How do I apply it to my life? Why is it important? It begins with getting access and knowing what is the Bible? The best answer is in Timothy:
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.
2 Tim 3:16-17 NLT
Now, let’s get the word of God in your hands at all times! You can download the bible app at the link below.
At One Church, we like to say…use SOAP every day. This is a powerful way to begin to learn how to read scripture. Read more on each step below, but beyond that, don’t hesitate to Google a book of the Bible to learn its history, study the context, read other books and talk to folks about how they learn. And as always, reach out with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Always start with scripture.
What do you see in the story? What elements stick out to you?
What does this mean to me personally? How can I live this out today?
Ask God to speak to you through what you’ve read and help you apply to your life
LEARNING HOW TO READ THE BIBLE
The church who designed and launched the bible app (Life Church), also developed a series of videos to help begin your pursuit! Watch these to begin.
The best way to grow in your faith, learn how to read scripture, develop your prayer life and find supportive community is through groups. Click below to find your group today.