Prayer 101

What is prayer?
Very simply, prayer is a conversation with God. Talk to Him and tell him about your day. Then be still and listen to what He says. Prayer is not a one way conversation. It’s unlikely you will hear an audible voice; rather, he will place a thought in your mind.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NIV)

Prayer has no rules. You don’t need to:

• do something in order for God to listen
• pray in a specific location or church
• fold your hands or kneel
• use a prayer book or memorized prayer
• speak with eloquent words
• pray through a saint or priest
• pray the rosary
• light a candle

Why don’t more people pray? Because they:
• don’t believe in God
• think God is busy doing more important things
• don’t want to take time
• don’t know God so it’s awkward
• feel it’s a waste of time
• aren’t getting the results they want
• are angry at God
• are estranged from God because of sin

Where is it appropriate to pray?
• While driving
• In the shower
• At the office
• At the mall
• In church
• In court
• While cooking
• Basically, anywhere and everywhere

It’s appropriate to pray when you:
• need a listening ear
• feel grateful
• want to tell God how much you love him
• need to confess
• are making a big decision
• are worried about something
• need comfort
• are working through a problem
• read the Bible
• are just living life

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The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. - Psalm 34:19

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