Three Easy Prayer Tips
Scripture: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Meditate on the attributes of God. Prayer is not only asking but acknowledging who God is. “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” Exodus 34:6-8
As you think on the character of God, thank him for his love, compassion, faithfulness, and justice.
Thank God for answered prayer. Make a list of the most recent blessings you've received and answered prayer. Gratefulness has been correlated with better overall health, and gratitude is a command. As you start your time of prayer, spend time thanking him for his blessings.
Ask for your needs. God is honored when you ask him for help. In Psalm 50:15, God says, “Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
As you praise Him, thank Him, and give Him your requests!
Challenge: Set your timer for 10 minutes one day this week and work through these three steps.