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How do you pray? When you pray do you pray for specific things to happen? Do you pray for yourself? Do you pray for your pastor, friends, family, pets, more money, etc.?

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I speak to the Lord throughout the day just in conversation. I praise Him for being so awesome and always thank Him for the day, any prayers that are answered, my food, etc.
Another thing I was taught, and works very well for me is:

P Praise Him
R Repent my sins
A Ask Him for healing,guidance,pray 4 others
Y Yield to His answers

I mostly keep to this order, but when I'm praying for a while, I usually jump around a bit. I don't think He minds. :)
---Blades on 1/22/09

If you pray for the lords well to be done than you can never go wrong.
---Russ on 12/20/08

i believe we should start of with the our father, and than tell god whats on your heart.
---netta_3634 on 10/18/08

Confident that the Lord will take care of me and mine I feel free to pray about other people's salvation. As I go to witness I always pray about the harvest of souls that will be won. As I travel I asked the Lord to put any accident that is going to happen that very day in front of me. And with the help of the Lord I will get out and witness and minister to those in need. Many people ask me to pray for them and I do although not perhaps the way they want me to. I like to ask the Lord to send his spirit(the Holy Spirit) to another person that he(the Holy Spirit) might witness to their spirit and that they might come to a saving knowledge of The Lord Jesus Christ
---mima on 10/4/08

I pray anywhere at any time, if the Spirit of the he Lord say pray i obey and do exactly that, i spend most of my time praying, even silently. when i sleep , when i wake up, when am walking to work,when i get to the office, its a circle.
---Comfort on 10/2/08

When I pray, I usually am in bed going to sleep. I also pray with my husband before we eat a meal. I also pray in my mind. Prayer is very important and even though fasting is also important it is hard to find something to fast about.
---Kimbe4988 on 7/31/08

I Pray ,,,,Basicly Whenever,,,,in the Middle of the Night, when ever God (Or My Mind ?) Promt me too !! :-) Sure God Answers Prayer, but Not how you think, neccessarily,,,,,, I Thought It'ed be Nice to be Rich, and not have to Work,,, But, While I'm Not rich,I am on Disability!!

God Smiles,He Saved Me, and Know's me Intametly !!!!!!!!!!!
---Ray on 7/12/08

I pray constantly as suggested by Paul. Instead of talking to myself all day I talk to God. I constantly plead for his guidance so that the time of my life does not go to waste.
---Turk on 6/22/08

Do you pray "asking" God for/to do something? Or do you pray "demanding/petitioning" God for something that He has promised?

Asking, in the way people use it is like not knowing if someone will or won't do it.
Jesus told us to demand not "ask" the Father.
Look up the word ask in grk. for Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:5-9.

Jesus wasn't talking about "asking" as in asking if, He was talking about demanding/petition because you know He will.
---Rickey on 6/16/08

i pray every moring and night for every one that his ill and for the church to grow other countries i pray for were there is fammine and i pray for myself has i have to have a new knee cap and i am in a lot of pain i thank God every moring that i am alive and strengh to go through the day
---margaret on 6/15/08

I have multiple prayer types.
Pray the Divine Office in Union with the Church. Morning and Evening Prayers-everyone is praying the same-world. Pray the Rosary-5 decades. The Mystery of the day of Jesus Christ.
Holy Hour. No vocal prayers. Silence with Jesus-Holy Eucharist.
I pray a simple conversation with Jesus throughout the day and esp at night with examine of Cons. Divine Mercy Chaplet in the hour of 3pm.Reading the Bible is also a form of prayer for us.Asking God,how to accept His words.
---Nicole on 6/14/08

For difficult situations, I have a prayer partner. We are equally yoked in our faith and can pray for any and everything.
We use the gifts God has given us and together we can pray for anything that the Lord tells us to. We listen and with two in agreement, those prayers are answered quickly. Sometimes overnight. We enjoy praying together, over the phone, whenever there's a need.
---lisa on 6/14/08

No cookbooks, no routines and no one else's words or prayer books.

I pray with the Spirit, through the Spirit, in the Spirit.
God wants to hear from each one of us and I find prayer books to be someone else's words that were given to them for their life, but not mine. We're all individual, unique as the snowflakes and all of our voices are different. God wants to hear from our own heart and uniqueness. No one else's words will do, when it's one on One with God.
---lisa on 6/14/08

When we tell someone else what to say, how to pray, we're telling them that our words are more important than their own. They are not.
So be a friend to God, talk and pray with your own words, in your own way. He'll like it, just show up, He always shows up.
---lisa on 6/14/08

When I pray, I give thanks to God for who He is and for all he has done. I pray for my self and family, friends, neighbours, thebody of Chris all over the world, my nation and the world at large. Also I pray against every activity of the devil.
---Joy on 6/14/08

When I pray, I pray to God to greet him in the morning and thank him for a restful night. I pray to know His will, and to draw closer to Him each day, and in the evening to thank Him for all those things I was blessed with, and for those in need of prayer.
---Ted on 6/14/08

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When I pray I write it down like a letter or journal between me and God. That way i can record my prayers and answerds. Plus the way i start out is by thanking him for something. like for instance the bible.
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---Janetta on 6/13/08

i ask God to bring to my mind what he wants me to pray about. if i seem dry in my prayer time i will cry out for fire of the Holy Spirit or a hunger for God. i also have a list of things i pray for.
---nathan on 6/13/08

"I pray only for my family and friends"
I wonder if after the Good Samaritan went on his way, the man he saved ever prayed for him?
Perhaps not, as he remained a stranger.
---alan_of_UK on 6/12/08

I try to pray as much as possible through all situations in the day.I have devotion time i set apart to study the word and pray specifically for other people's needs, my pastors and the church and the ministries am involved in.
---Janet on 6/12/08

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Ipray wile working, learning, in every situation.I pray every day not for spesific things to happen (ever). I always pray for my self to saved from sin. I pray only for my family and friends.
---belay3466 on 6/12/08

i pray while bible is in front of me and i pray on my knees while hands are in air reaching to jesus in heaven
---andy on 6/10/08

when I pray it is a very personal time for is me and the and the Lord together spending time. I keep a prayer journal. i pray for my husband and kids, family, Pastor and his family, our country and president and missionaries our church supports and then I pray for specific things.
---Shelly on 6/10/08

Yes, I know. The prayer room is filled with requests about any and everything that comes to the mind.
I have to wonder why they're not being answered, day after day after day after day....
---Brigett on 6/9/08

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I pray everywhere, anytime, anywhere.
I consider prayer a personal converstation with God so I tell God things, I ask HIM questions, I pray for others wherever I am when it comes to mind. I pray for myselfand many others that brethren and other persons that I meet that have needs of God intervention in their lives.
I cannot wait to pray in a particular place and time or else I will forget.
I also have long one on one prayer convos with God depending on the situation I am dealing with.
---Trisha on 6/9/08

I pray for my family, friends, my household situation, financial situation, job situation, the world situation, anything that comes up within the day or happens during the day.
---Connie on 6/8/08

How do i pray ,the bible tell us that Jesus in Matt 6:7-13 tell us how to pray, Paul also said to the Corinthains that you also help by prayng for us 2 cor 1:11 ,It is our duties to pray for every one in our country especialy for those who are set above me.I pray for every one even my enemy
---clove6736 on 6/7/08

I pray with spekaing intongues so that my prayer will not be understansdable for the enemy ,i do communicate to God through speaking intongues in language that is not easy for the enemy to understand ,i do pray for my pastor,and elders in the church and received the impact of my prayer,mathew 7v7 as my reference
---priscila on 6/7/08

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When I pray, I pray for myself as well as all of MANKIND. I pray in the supernatural and when at work I pray in my prayer closet daily/constantly throughout the workday
---wendy on 6/7/08

I pray for the insight to do the Lord's will,,,
---James on 6/7/08

I pray
(1) to live an examplery life, through which the love of our lord jesus manifested.
(2) for ETHIOPIA, a country having so many scriptural promises, but milions of people duying because of poverty.AND...
---aynac7557 on 6/7/08

I pray for people who have requested prayer and i just com to the lord and ask for the person who needs whatever and God answeres the neeed.
---noah4533 on 6/6/08

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Read what Christ says about prayer in Matthew 6:5-13, and follow the Master's plan for prayer.
---Nadine on 6/6/08

One of my favorite ways is to pray while taking a long walk, starting w/ thanks & praise, praying about anything & everything...on the way out I pray, on the way back I listen.
---maria on 6/6/08

I pray for everything. We are to pray quietly and reverantly. Don't use decorative words or make prayers long. Get to the point and be serious in humility. Perseverance, Patience, and Persistence is a must.
---Karen_McMinn on 6/6/08

Yes, I pray for all those things, but mostly I pray for others and to be fully in the will of God at all times.
---Betty on 6/6/08

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I pray throughout the day in just conversation. I plan at least thirty minutes of laying on the bed spending that time with Jesus each day.. God accused me the other day of when I come to Him in prayer is it more to cut up with Him. which sometimes I do. But if I really have a problem then I will talk to Him about it. I do pray for others as God lays it on me or I feel a need to do so.
---catherine on 6/6/08

I pray in all the ways you stated. I do pray for God's will and not mine. I pray most any and all times. Prayer should never be limited but we should use good judgement and not pray for un Godly things.
---a.ed4389 on 6/5/08

As iam a new Christian I sometimes worry about how to pray.I dont want to do it 'wrong'.I find that when i feel good with God i speak to Him throughout my day.I find that it is so easy to talk to Him and pray when i have been filled with the Spirit.I pray for people when their circumstances touch my heart, which is alot i am very sensitive.I pray for hope love and healing in the world and my friends, family,for help and guidence for myself.I mostly thank God for His Grace and Mercy.
---Danielle on 6/5/08

I often pray for friends and family members who are going through a difficult time. I also pray for the Lord to give me guidance if I'm struggling with something.
---erin on 6/5/08

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"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace."

God is helping me to improve.
---deb on 6/5/08

When I pray I pray for specific things. I think God wants us to be specific when we pray. I pray for my Pastor the sick to be healed for this nation. I also pray for family to be saved.
---Dawn on 6/5/08

I pray all day long. I have a continual conversation with God. I pray for everything. I pray for myself. I pray for all of the above. And I pray that nevertheless, God's will be done, not mine, but if possible and within his will, to answer.
---Keith on 6/5/08

My usual prayers are about others being drawn closer to or wiser in God. I also pray for specific needs of friends and aquaintenses. I pray for myself to increase in faith,wisdom, understanding and for my heart to be as Jesus'. I also sometimes pray for my own health. I spend much time praying for the unsaved or ignorant. Much prayer time is spent regarding the world leaders/situation and for church leaders.
---jody on 6/5/08

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i pray for specifics, then i pray in the Spirit then i listen to the Holy Spirit who gives me prayer topics, which so far have been either intercession for someone i know or just a particular burden. also i pray concerning my dreams everytime i wake up.well just pray according to the leading of the Holy Ghost
---pat on 6/5/08

I talk to Jesus all through the day.I praise Him and thank Him and bring my petitions to him.He is my Savior and my Friend.I Trust Him.gerra4757
---Geraldine on 6/5/08

I pray for the Lord's will in my life. I pray all the different ways the bible instructs us believer's, without ceasing, etc. I like to combine my prayers with times of fasting. I never lay hands without seeking God's guidance, it's usually for healing that I lay hands on christians. I help people pray for salvation if not saved yet.
---David on 6/5/08

Yes i pray, i pray for my Pastor first , then i pray for family, friends, better transportation, financials & myself.
---Anthony_Cooper on 6/5/08

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I pray in the spirit(speaking in tounges) and I pray in my understanding, I sing in the spirit(mostly when I am doing my power walk on the upper eastside of NYC). I pray for relatives, friends with needs and to manifest word of knowledgwe and word of wisdom.God answers my prayers very quickly. For instance when I need money (I don't have a job and my agreement with God is that I have taken a vow of poverty) I give money to whomever asks me for it on the street. i have more money than i could spend.
---Robert on 6/5/08

I pray a prayer for everyone and put myself last...
---myra on 6/5/08

I pray for God's Will not mine be done in any situation. I tend to think God did not hear my prayer if it doesn't work out like I want to see it it.

---Cheryl on 6/5/08

I pray looking up. Jesus said watch , pray. Many us see it in d bible just overlook it,keep going on d way that we was taught. yes, I pray for needs of self and others. our leaders of this world, Ministers. so, being a prayer warrier and Minister,look up. Matt:24-42, Matt:25-13,Mark 13-33, Mark 13-35, Luke 12-40, 21:34,Rom:13-11, 1Thes:6-6,1pet.4-7.
---Dorothy on 6/5/08

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I pray for things that I need.
For friends, families and online friends.
I also pray quoting the scriptures (giving God's word back to Him about a particular situation).
Sometimes as I pray, the spirit will direct me as to what I should pray for.
---danie6735 on 6/5/08

I just pray from my heart.I talk to god like he's my best friend and he is.
---beverly_caldwell on 6/5/08

I pray for everyone,for those in authority,for all church leaders,friends,families and my personal needs!I do it every five in the morning and many joined it.We call it HIGH5!I believe that prayer reinforces God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven(Matthew6:10)
---melan8935 on 6/5/08

I Pray For People From My Church,Friends,And Bosses As Well And I Pray For My Friend,Robin Serving In Tel Aviv,Israel For Her safety!
---Elizabeth on 6/5/08

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I pray before I go to bed or on the bus before I go to school especially when I am going to be doing a test that I have been putting off for a long time.
---Sarah on 6/5/08

Prayer is very important to me. I pray for the government,preachers,teachers, friends, family, God will to be done, food clothing and my whole life.

Jesus taught us to pray with the Lord's prayer and I use it as an example of how to pray.

When God puts a person on my heart I pray that his will be done in their life and a hedge of protection be around them.

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

May God Bless you
---Grace on 6/5/08

I first pray for my pastor and his wife(may God grant them always health and leadership to do His will in the church), I pray for the church and whom may come in that they recieve baptism of the HS,all of my family(I especially pray that my dad will accept my choice in church) and friends(even those that don't go to church),my online friends, my neighbors, my cat(mostly I thank God for giving her to me. I pray that her pitbull personality will go away because everyone is scared of her).
---julie on 6/5/08

First isay the Lords Prayer,then thank God for the gift of Life,pray for my current,future plans,pray for fellow believers in Christ,pray for my pastors and end with prayer for Gods'guided in whatever im doing.
---Mbabazi on 6/5/08

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The prayer that was give by Jesus involves praise,worship and the things you want say to God . Amen
---Arthur on 6/5/08

I start out by saying the Our Father. When I get to the part, "Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, I pause and think about what that really means. Also, Romans Ch.8 says, "We know not how we ought to pray, so the Spirit makes intercession for us." I pray in the Spirit alot since I don't know God's will for my life. I got away from praying for things or people UNLESS the Spirit of God unctions me to pray for them.
---donna8365 on 6/5/08

I pray a lot in the car. I like to take long drives and enjoy the peace and quiet on the road. That's the time I pray about everything from what's really going on, to thanking God for all He's done in my life, and for other people.
---Bonnie on 6/5/08

When I pray usually it's for everyone that I come in contact with or however GOD leads me that day. I pray for alot of situations,marriages, world peace, our children in the world,theres just so much to pray for.
---chria9864 on 6/5/08

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I am very specefic when I pray.First I recognize Him for being God and thank Him for blessings I alredy have.Then I address him for anything myself or the family need.The needs of my church and the church in general,missionaries,the nation,service men and women,upcoming elections and even my dog.I thank Him for hearing and answering.
---shirley on 6/5/08

My bible tells me to pray for everyone and in Jesus name knowing my prayers are heard and trusting in Him to do His will not mine.
---Loretta on 6/5/08

Matthew 6 provides a great example of prayer. He first addresses his Father in Heaven. He recognizes before the Father that his, being the Father, will be done. He then proceeds to ask for blessings both for himself and others. Fourth, he asks to be forgiven, but only as he has forgiven others. Lastly, he prays to overcome sin and temptation. Then I finish in the name of Jesus Christ because he is our mediator between us and the Father. It is also important to thank God for blessings.
---Michael_Stephens on 6/4/08

3)'But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head.' I abandoned any attempt at prayer,' the old man continued, ' until one day four years ago, my best friend said to me, 'Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. 'Sit down in a chair, place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. He promised, 'I will be with you always'.
---lisa on 6/3/08

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4)'Then just speak to him in the same way you're doing with me right now.' 'So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.'

The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey.
---lisa on 6/3/08

5)Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. Did he die in peace?' he asked. Yes, when I left the house about two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him .
---lisa on 6/3/08

6)There was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?' The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, 'I wish we could all go like that.'
---lisa on 6/3/08

A man's daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed. The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. 'I guess you were expecting me, he said. 'No, who are you?' said the father.
---lisa on 6/3/08

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2)The minister told him his name and then remarked, 'I saw the empty chair and I figured you knew I was going to show up.' 'Oh yeah, the chair,' said the bedridden man. 'Would you mind closing the door?' Puzzled, the minister shut the door. 'I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,' said the man.
---lisa on 6/3/08

If a person doesn't pray for themselves, then they shouldn't pray for anyone else. I pray for for many of things, things that may be silly to others, but it isn't to me and certainly not to God. If a prayer is important to me, then it is important to God. Last week, I prayed that it wouldn't rain so I could get my stuff in my garden, it didn't rain until after I was finished. I don't pray for more money, I pray that God will help me manage my money better.
---Rebecca_D on 6/3/08

I pray as our Lord instructed us to pray in the Gospels (Matt. 6, Lk. 11). I pray for my own health, as well as the health my family, friends, and those who I do not know. I ask the Holy Saints and Angels in heaven to pray for us Christians.

I ask for personal things that I desire or want, for the Lord said "Ask and you shall receive". I end any prayer recognizing that everything must be accordance with God's Will.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy Upon Me a Sinner. IC.XC.
---Ramon on 6/1/08

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