"How should I pray!?"

So, you've had a long day at school, work or just had a hard day grocery shopping. On the way home you have your gospel blasting and you can't wait to get home to pray and fellowship with God. You get home, shower, drink some kool-aid and get relaxed. You go to your prayer room or closet and sit down. You bow your head and open your mouth...BLANK. You drew a BLANK!

I have done this SEVERAL times and I hate it. I've gone through my day with many thoughts of what I will say to God and when it's time to pray. It's never that I didn't know what I want to pray about or what was on my heart. I didn't exactly know how to pray. I was so used to hearing long drawn out prayers that would make a person fall asleep (NO OFFENSE TO ANYONE). I've learned that you don't have to go to God all deep. I pray to him as though I'm talking to a friend. I don't go to Him with worldly dialect but I'm not all deep. I do, of course, use scripture because he responds to His word when you pray. I pray to God the same way I write to him in my journal. I'll say something like, "Dear Lord, man I've had a long day. I was frustrated and I wanted to go off on such and such, shoo!! I got home and my kids irritated me. Lord, please wreck me before I do something I regret and sin...etc." You get the point I hope.

When going to God with the matters of your heart you still have to know what you're talking about when referencing his scriptures, but be real with God. He created you. He knows your heart and what bothers you. Prayer doesn't have to be structured. Don't pray like the over the top preachers or people when they want to be seen or heard. Matthew 6:7 "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words". You're in a relationship/marriage with Christ. Be comfortable, be you! If you're ever unsure of how to pray or what words to say you can recite the Lord's prayer -Matthew 6:9-15

I found a nice little prayer in the book I'm reading... "Disciplines of a Godly Woman" by Barbara Hughes.

"O God, fill my soul with so entire a love of Thee that I may love nothing but for Thy sake and in subordination to Thy love. Give me grace to study Thy knowledge daily that the more I know thee, the more I may love Thee. Create in me a zealous obedience to all Thy commands, a cheerful patience under all Thy chastisements, and a thankful resignation to all Thy disposals. Let it be the one business of my life to glorify Thee by every word of my tongue, by every work of my hand, by professing Thy truth, and by engaging all men, so far as in me lies, to glorify and love Thee."

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