How are we to pray?
God gladly greets the gracious, not the greedy. He hears the humble, not the haughty. He listens to the lowly, not the lofty. He rejoices over the repentant, not the recusant. He honors the holy, not the heretical. In other words, God “delights in the prayers of the upright.”
The following isn’t a formula nor is it an “open-says-me” list. It’s merely a set of guidelines to help us stay focused in our prayers.
1) to the Father…
Jesus taught the disciples, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven.” He also told the disciples, “The truth is, you can go directly to the Father and ask Him, and He will grant your request…”
2) in Jesus’ name…
Jesus said, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
3) in faith, believing we receive…
Jesus said, “Have faith in God…But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” 
Spurgeon said, “Prayer cannot draw down answers from God’s throne except it be the earnest prayer of the man who believes.”
4) according to His will and His Word …
Jesus also said, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
However, there is a boundary to prayer: it is God’s will and His Word. We pray according to His will and agree with His Word. If we are not asking according to His will, then we must be asking according to our will.
5) in boldness…
6) with expectancy…
Don’t limit God by your lack of expectation, for He is able “to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Why ask if we don’t expect results?
7) in patience…
Paul wrote, “May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and of the patience that comes from Christ.” And “If we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.”
8) with the Spirit’s help…
Paul prompts us to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit… with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” For the Spirit also leads us in certain times to be an intercessor.
9) until we have peace…
We pray releasing all anxieties that we may be in peace and we pray about a matter until we obtain peace. Confusion must be eliminated, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace.”
10) with praise and thanksgiving…
Last, but not least, prayer is not complete without praise and thanksgiving. Paul exhorted, “Always maintain the habit of prayer; be both alert and thankful as you pray.” And “In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Praise and thanksgiving should be the bookends to our prayers.
Plus one more…
“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.”
If we want our prayers answered, we must put forgiveness at the top of the list.
There is a one-word prayer that is prayed so often with varying intensity:
Use it often!
May your prayers be blessed…Lynn
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