Is There a Wrong Way to Pray?
The Bible provides specific instructions on how and to whom we should direct our prayers. If we aren’t praying according to what the Bible outlines, perhaps that’s the reason many of our prayers go unanswered.
First off, prayer has three main components. It’s a cry, a conversation, and also a confrontation.
The Three Components of Prayer
- Prayer as a Cry: Sometimes, our prayers are an outpouring of our emotions to God. We cry out in pain, repentance, or distress. The Book of Psalms highlights how God appreciates such heartfelt expressions to Him. Just as parents rush to help their child when they hear them cry, God listens attentively to us when we come to Him.
- Prayer as a Conversation: This form of prayer emphasizes our relationship with God, where we converse with Him, talking and listening.
- Prayer as a Confrontation: Spiritual warfare is also a key component of prayer. This confrontation occurs when we rebuke the enemy or “speak to the mountain.” Jesus, during His time in the wilderness, confronted and rebuked the devil using Scriptures.
Some people believe that God that it doesn’t matter how they talk to God since He is able to know what we mean. While true, it’s essential to remember that God is our creator and king. Just as we address a president with respect and honor, God expects us to approach Him in a particular manner. The way we are meant to approach God is outlined in the Bible for us (John 15:16).
Although we can address both Jesus and the Holy Spirit, Jesus Himself provided a protocol for us to abide by – praying to the Father, in the name of Jesus, powered by the Holy Spirit (John 14:13-14).
The Role of the Holy Spirit
Another important aspect that helps make it effective is asking the Holy Spirit for help. In Galatians 4:6 we see that we are meant to ask the Holy Spirit to help us. He is the One who helps us align to God’s will.
While prayers that flow from the heart have their place, and God does understand them, I believe it’s important to also approach Him with the reverence He deserves. I want to encourage you to embrace the biblical way of praying and notice the transformation that will take place in your prayer life.
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