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How should I pray? Sometimes it sounds more like wishing than praying.

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Thank you for your question about prayer. It is our hope that you will pray and know the presence of the one true living God.

I understand your concerns regarding prayer. Prayer may not something that may not come naturally to us, but I wish to encourage you that

prayer is so much more than simply wishing or hoping, it is connecting with the living God.

Further to this, the bible tells us that God hears us, and can answer us. In the Bible we read that the righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them (Psalm 34:17), and God says, “he will call upon me and I will answer him” (Psalm 91:15). The concept of this is: that God, the creator of the universe, can hear and speak to us, is an amazing and powerful one.

Although you may have done so many times, I would still encourage you to pray to God, and keep praying and keep having prayer times and listening for him. We should remember that prayer is a two way conversation, and just as with any conversation, we shouldn’t try to dominate and be the only one speaking, but we must on occasion listen too.

We believe wholeheartedly that God does hear you, and wants to connect with you. The provision God the Father has made for us to be able to connect with Him is through the work of His Son Jesus. We may approach the Father only through the Son. Jesus has made the atonement for our sins and repaired the relationship. By accepting this amazing grace gift and trusting in what Jesus has done we may really know the Father. The Son acts as mediator for us with the Father in offering our prayers before the throne of the Father. The Father hears us because of Jesus!

Jesus gives us some examples of how we should pray, with him saying that “when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). We are not told specifically what the reward will be, but this just means that it could be a whole number of different things, given to you according to God’s wisdom, and could be an experience of his presence.

Another great verse on experiencing God can be taken from 1 Kings 19:11-13, where we are told that God spoke to Elijah through a still small voice. God’s voice is often very quiet, requiring patience from us. We may expect God to be a loud voice, as in film, but sometimes it is through a still small voice. Similarly, as Psalm 46:10 tells us “be still and know that I am God”.

God may choose to use some other way of making himself real to you, such as through the bible, through creation or even through our emotions. I would encourage you to go into a quiet place away from distraction and wait for God to reveal himself. It may take some time, but we believe that God can and will reveal himself to you.

A powerful principle of God’s nature can be taken from James 4:8 which tells us draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Our relationship with God is one built on a mutual agreement, and the agreement here is that if you draw near to God, then he will draw near to you. It is our hope that you will discover its truth in your own life.

In summary, prayer is a two way conversation with the one true living God. I encourage you to make a regular time of prayer, daily if possible, to pray to God, acknowledging who he is and how wonderful he is. Wait upon the Lord and give time and space for him to speak to you directly and personally.  

Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:

  • Luke 18:1-7

I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video

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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise

*If anything in this answer affects you directly, then please feel free to call our confidential prayer line in the UK on 0845 4567729, where trained Christian volunteers will take your call and pray both for you and with you. If you are outside of the UK then you may submit your request for prayer on line at www.ucb.co.uk/prayerline


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