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How Should Christians Pray

How should Christians pray?

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 ---Leon on 3/24/14
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" previous ones '[churches] some would go on for so long we could hear feet shuffling, coughing, whispering "is he ever going to finish this?" etc. A one short...prayer will please God if prayed in sincerity & humility but many, in some churches, would (sadly) pour scorn on that & mutter, 'that wasn't very good was it?'."
---Rita_H on 7/3/14

Yep, it's all about "quality" (a right spirit, a renewed mind, a tender heart) "not quantity" (thunderously loud, much speaking of great swelling, empty words).
---Leon on 7/26/14

Phil 4:6 Be careful for nothing, but in every thing by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING let your requests be made known unto God.
1 Thess 5:17 Pray without ceasing
---michael_e on 7/3/14

Joseph 3/30/14 ""When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward."

Absolutely - We have none like that in my present church but in previous ones some would go on for so long we could hear feet shuffling, coughing, whispering "is he ever going to finish this?" etc.

A one short sentence prayer will please God if prayed in sincerity and humility but many, in some churches, would (sadly) pour scorn on that and mutter "that wasn't very good was it?".
---Rita_H on 7/3/14

Our Father which art in heaven, halo be thy name. they kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debt as we forgive our debtor. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever....amen
---shira4368 on 7/2/14

thanks elena, I don't have anything that size. I only have girl clothes.
---shira4368 on 7/2/14

Hello, Shira4368, it's a Brother He wears Size 44 pants, He a good would say 5'7 tall.Big guy.
I haven't seen him at church for
3 days .... he did say he found somewhere to stay, thank God for it.
Thankyou, Shira!
Love of Jesus!
---Elena_9555 on 7/2/14

What size are the ladies clothes? Please let me know.
---shira4368 on 6/29/14

Mod.Permit Urgent Prayer Bro.Dave at my church,thanks!
Heavely father,Bro.Dave house fire lost everything,he needs clothes,an apt.pray God helps him anyway possible,needs transportation to.drs.It's hard times,but we know all things are possible with God.pray he can get his I.D.,documents,quick! Thankyou all who join in prayer.amen.
love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 6/25/14

Acts 17:28 "For in him we live, and move, and have our being, as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring."
I am persuaded more that living the word, guiding our lives through it is our part. That is what Jesus did in the desert. He warded of temptations with his living guide, the word of God.

John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth, the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
Live it, (Matthew 7:24).
---Nana on 5/14/14

Does it really matter. If you just prayed the first part you would get blessed by it. His power and glory will be here for ever any way
---Bryan on 5/13/14

Dear Blogger when do you think the Middle ages was?

If memory serves me those words are in the Latin and Greek of the 700's or earlier. Middle is around the 1500's. So yes two very early manuscripts do not have it. But thousands of early manuscripts do.

---Samuelbb7 on 5/12/14

Brian, the last part of the Lords Prayer for thine is the power and the glory for ever amen is not original text it is a spurious addition from the middle ages you will not find it in early Greek texts.
---Blogger9211 on 5/10/14

How should Christians pray?

I don't know about Christians but I try to let the spirit lead.
---aka on 5/9/14

Amen and Amen many great and wonderful points.

Praise the LORD.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/9/14

Lydia is correct. Praying is simply talking with God as though you were talking to an intimate friend.

Also, Jesus gave us this warning that we should not pray in vain repitition like the heathens do. Would you say the exact same thing to your friend everytime you meet up with him? Of course not.

To learn more about HOW to pray do an online KJV bible search (biblegateway for instance) for the word "pray" not only HOW to pray, but what to pray for.
---Steveng on 5/8/14

I tend to think that what we call The Lord's Prayer is a list of headlines showing us how to pray.

1.Firstly praising God'

2.Requesting our daily needs

3.Asking forgiveness for OUR sins and help so that WE might forgive OTHERS their sins which were against us.
(I think this passage also shows that we must forgive others if we expect to be forgiven ourselves).

4.Asking for protection against whoever might tempt us to do evil and recognition of those who will try to lead us astray.

5. Accepting that God is in control of all things and praising God again.

We can do all this by using our own words for our own specific circumstances.
---Rita_H on 5/8/14

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our Father who is in heaven Holly be thy name thy kingdom come your will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and lead us not into temptation deliver us from evil the thine is the kingdom the power glory forever amen. This the best way to pray by yourself. To do God will on this earth.
---Bryan on 4/7/14

Hello, we should pray for leaders, presidents, etc, pray for the american Vets who are not help like they should
pray for God help us all get along,no matter class, race, ethnic, nationality.
Pray for all countries under siege like in Afrika, Asia, heart cried for them in Boston - innocent people gone.Pray for our children be safe.
the world is a, lonely place...who ever has no family,pray for them.the effectual prayer..availeth much,In Jesus name. Love agape
---Elena9555 on 4/7/14

We should pray in accordance with (IAW) the Word of God (Bible). It instructs/guides us in the express will of God. If what we pray for isn't IAW God's written Word (His will for our lives), forget it! We shouldn't ask amiss. (Jas. 4:3) That's why it's so important for Christians to read, study, meditate on the Word daily. Be still, be quiet & listen for God's instructions...

The enemy of our souls does all he can to keep us from daily Bible study: No Word, no power & no good effect for the kingdom of God.

Jesus is our ultimate role model for studying & knowing God's word...IT IS WRITTEN, IT IS WRITTEN, IT IS WRITTEN!!! We must know what is written to prayerfully stand strong in the Lord!

---Leon on 4/3/14

Wow so many great points. Thanks to all.

Agape and Amen.
---Samuelbb7 on 4/3/14

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Leon: In addition to the good points already mentioned by others ,
1) Christians should pray in God's will (asking based on the things God has promised or declared that HE will do).
2) Christians should pray without doubts.
---Adetunji on 3/31/14

"How should Christians pray?"
"When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place, [and He will reward you.]" Mat 6:5.6
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." Mar 11:24
For "whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Mat 21:22
"Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another." Jas 5:16
---josef on 3/30/14

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. Also very important,Hebrews 13:15 By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise continually. As we go about our daily life we need to do these and when we can't form prayers and praise in our minds we can have them in our hearts. We need not be on our knees and having time out prayers we can pray and praise God every moment walking through the house or whatever we are doing. When we do that we are keeping God on our minds and in our hearts and giving Him his place in our lives. When we pray we are told in the Word the only way to God is through Jesus therefore we pray to God in Jesus Name. Rita H and Warwick,good answers being sincere and from the heart and daily. God Bless
---Darlene_1 on 3/29/14

Regard/treat God as your FATHER instead of "MASTER" (the only way you can be a SON)...and then you will learn the "depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10 RSV)...and you must ALSO be a "LOVER OF GOODNESS", Titus 1:8)...

Because you do not have to be COMMANDED/ORDERED to do "goodness" you will then be able to be "master" of yourself..... do want to be His SON, don't you?.

...(I just told you the secret that the whole world never understood, it is your choice.

Then you will no longer "honor Him with your lips (or be afraid of Him ,Isaiah 29:13).

Let "Abba FATHER" love you and give you what HE HAS DECIDED that you should have.
---faithforfaith on 3/27/14

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I never prayed to either of my parents (I never gave my dad a list of things I want done for me).

Scripture says that our "FATHER" knows what you need and should have before you ask Him (Psalm 23 "I shall not WANT").

Do you treat God like your personal genie ...OR... you find that His graciously-given kindness is sufficient for you?.....Paul said that "His grace is sufficient for me".
---faithforfaith on 3/26/14

From the heart, and daily!
---Warwick on 3/26/14

Samuelbb, my feeling is that if a person is told to prepare their prayer more it will not come from the heart, but will seem rehearsed. We SHOULD be able to pray publicly knowing that our words are meant for God alone. Comments from others are out of order. Once rebuked, corrected, advised to pray differently it means the listener had a critical ear.

What I have to say to God is no-one's business except mine. 99% of my prayers are 'said' in my head with the knowledge that God reads my thoughts.

Praying is not a contest but I've been in churches where it seems that it might be being seen to be one.

There is nothing wrong if we use our perfectly normal day to day vocabulary when praying
---Rita_H on 3/25/14

Prayer is talking to God. So any time one is talking to God he/she is praying. Just the way one talks to a best friend about any secret that's how one should pray.Quiet people prefer praying quietly. And loud people cant help but pray loudly.Prayer of christian is affected by personality and the church or fellowship present truth.E.g having scriptures in your prayer, casting ,binding and losing.
---Lydia on 3/25/14

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We should use the prayer as our guideline. We should use Bible verses where possible.

But most important we need to talk to GOD.

Now private prayers are very different then public prayers. Anyone who criticize prayers of others can have trouble. It depends on the criticism. If we go to a person and say to them you are praying for the church not yourself and you need to prepare a little. To me that is okay.
---Samuelbb7 on 3/25/14

I think that the way we pray is as personal and individual as is anything else we do. People become paranoid when hearing how others pray and feel that their own attempts will not be acceptable to God. This is one reason why I rarely pray out loud and when I do it is with one other person who requests prayer, not in a church full of people.

I've heard Christians comment, sometimes negatively, about the prayers of others and have decided that God will be my only 'audience'. After all, it is to HIM that I am praying so only HE needs to hear.

How should we pray? Sincerely - that's all, but it isn't, quite often, when we have a human 'audience'.
---Rita_H on 3/24/14

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