Prayer is an invitation from God, to spend time with God (Revelation 3:20). We are coming to our Father who loves us and wants to hear our hearts and reveal his heart to us. Prayer can be as much listening as talking, so don’t trip over finding the right words. Prayer is powerful, but its first work is changing us. When I camp out with God, I’m never the same. But, it’s also powerful to change our world. God in his sovereignty is pleased to work through our prayers, so don’t be afraid to be bold. God uses prayers! Here are some different aspects of prayer that you might find helpful, but the most important thing is to be wholehearted with your father.

  1. Adoration. To show adoration to God is to worship, praise, honor and exalt Him. In other words, respect Him, be in awe of Him, say wonderful things about Him. Psalm 103 and 145 are good examples of adoring the Lord.
  2. Confession. When we begin to acknowledge how great, perfect and awesome our God is, we can’t help but recognize our weaknesses and sins. Admitting and confessing our sins (1 John 1:9), and knowing He has forgiven our past, present and future sins is vital to our prayer life.
  3. Thanksgiving. Giving thanks expresses our faith, and it is faith that pleases God. In Hebrews 11:6 we read, “And without faith it is impossible to please God.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ concerning you.” We don’t necessarily give thanks for the circumstances, but give thanks for His total provision during good – and painful – circumstances.
  4. Supplication. Asking seems to come naturally to children. As God’s children, we can freely talk to Him, asking Him for anything. And like any caring parent, He will say,“Yes” to some of our requests, “No” some of the time, and at times, He will say, “Wait.”

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and forever.

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