Prayer, simply defined in the biblical context, is communication with God. One may ask where did prayer originate and why this is the means by which we speak to God?
The Trinity, three in one, is a deity. Its divine status is an immoral being. John 4:24 states God is a spirit and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth. This means humans, as moral beings cannot converse with God.
Having concluded that God is a spirit and we are made in His likeness (Genesis 1:27), once we accept the Lord as our savior (Acts 2:38), He gives us the Holy Spirit which dwells in us. It is the connection of the Holy Spirit that allows us to speak to God, gain revelation from His word and declare His name (1 Corinthians 12:3).
How To Pray – Matthew 6: 9-13
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But 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. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
I opted to include the preceding verses of the prayer as a reminder for those who may feel they ‘don’t have enough words to say’; don’t dwell on these things.
A widely taught model used to breakdown how to pray, is A.C.T.S. This was developed by Richard Wagner who wrote The ACTS Model of Christian Prayer. This formula is very helpful for persons learning how to pray; which we can see reflected above and throughout other prayers in the bible.
Adoration– Giving God praise for who he is.
Confession– Honestly speaking about the sins in your life.
Thanksgiving– Verbalizing what you are grateful for.
Supplication– Asking for something earnestly for oneself or on behalf of another.
Remember prayer isn’t a formula. God wants us to talk from our hearts and express ourselves to Him. Prayer is much more than telling God a list of things you want. As you pray consistently, you develop a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of His word.