Ways to Pray
There are as many different ways to pray as there are people on earth! The great thing about prayer is that it’s communication between you and the Lord, so just as you converse differently than other people, the same is true with prayer. There is no right or wrong way to pray, but many people feel lost in how to go about it.
If you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit and pray in tongues, we encourage you to do so even as you utilize these different methods. The Spirit will pray perfectly through you as you focus your mind on different elements.
We encourage you to include Scripture reading as part of your prayer life. The main purpose of prayer is to know the Lord more, communicate with Him, and become more like Him. How can we do that if we don’t know who He is through His Word — the Bible? So combine prayer and the Bible!!
Here are some resources and ideas to help you get started or renew your prayer life.
Consistent and thorough reading of the Bible is so important! The Bible shows us God’s character, His rules for Godly living, and encouragement for our present situations. Without the Bible we cannot know God’s truths, and knowing God’s truths is a main point of prayer, for it is upon God’s truths that we hold firm and ask Him to work in us and others.
There are many different daily Bible reading plans out there. Choose one that works for you and stick with it. Let the Scripture you read each day become a point of prayer, asking the Lord to cause what you’ve read to become real in your life — a character trait, a motivation, forgiveness for a sin, etc.
Or choose a certain passage of Scripture and use that as words to guide your prayer. Place your name (or someone you’re praying for) into the passage. Then take moments to pray specifically for the things in that passage.
For example: “We continually ask God to fill you (insert name) with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you (insert name) may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you (insert name) to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” — Colossians 1:9-12
Help get your prayer time focused by using one of our Concert of Prayer videos. Watch the video and then spend time praying about the topics mentioned in the video. This is a great way to identify a topic to pray for and then continue on in prayer using one of the other methods below.
This common method has an easy acronym to help you focus.
A — Adore — Think upon the characteristics of the Lord and simply adore Him with your heart, soul and mind.
C — Confess — Allow the Lord to search you and then confess your sin, seeking His repentance and mercy.
T — Thanks — Thank the Lord for all He’s done and spared you from in your life, answered prayers, etc.
S — Supplication — Ask the Lord for needs on the behalf of others and yourself. Remember, you can ask boldly with faith.
The 5-Finger Prayer
Thumb — Pray for those closest to you: family, friends, co-workers, etc.
Pointer — Pray for those who point the direction: pastors, teachers, mentors, church leaders, etc.
Middle — Pray for those who are called to stand and serve: government officials, emergency service personnel, etc.
Ring — Pray for the weak: the poor, needy, discouraged, neglected
Pinky — Pray for your own needs
Sometimes writing out prayers can be refreshing and enlightening because often the Lord speaks to us through what we’ve written. Try writing out a poem, prose, or make lists for each of the categories below. Create a notebook with these category dividers and then write your prayers within those sections, or write for one or more of these categories per day and keep a daily journal format. There is no wrong way!
- Praise — perhaps writing one character trait for each letter of the alphabet
- Confession — not only confession of sin, but also confessing your faith in the Lord
- Requests — asking for the needs of those close to you, yourself, and the world
- Thanksgiving — describing how He answered previous requests, writing about your gratefulness for His goodness
Praying For the World
There are many resources to help you pray for different peoples, remembering that many of these different ethnicities may be living in your very own community.
Pray for a different country each day of the year
Intercede for a different people group each day of the year
Use a video as a catalyst to pray for other nations
Watch the news, read a newspaper or magazine, and select a situation or nation to pray for that is making headlines