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One day the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. Most of what I have learnt and continue to learn is from his teachings. I am so glad to share this with you.

Stop using prayer for self promotion

When you pray (especially in public), don't turn that into a Hollywood production. Most corporate prayers turn into a regular show for others people to praise you for a good performance. How many times we are tempted to please those around us, especially when we pray in public. If that is all you are expecting out of prayer, you certainly got it.

Pray in private

On the other hand, when you pray in private (all alone by yourself and God) you do not have an audience to perform. God is the only one present and he is not that easily fooled by your actions or words! You just cannot pretend before God to be some one else. It is always easier to pretend to be someone else (a hypocrite) in front of others.

When you are alone you will sense his presence and love. God sees you in all your sinfulness and shame, yet he loves you and wants to hear from you, talk to you, and help you. God can help only when you pray to your Father in private in all sincerity and truth. God is interested in your prayer and worship when you do it in spirit and truth. Try this when you are learning how to pray.

Don't use unnecessary words

Most religions use scripts and mantras. They think that when you repeat their words God will hear them. Some of the religions including Christianity use formulas, programs, and techniques in prayer to get answers to prayer. Words do not get anywhere with God unless the heart is in the right place before God.

God knows even before you utter a word what you need. So in short, what I am saying is not to have a script for prayer. Do you go to your boss, father, mother, friend and talk out of a script? Be natural but sincere and honest with God in prayer.

Acknowledge that God exists and is Holy

Our Father is in heaven that is his throne; the earth is his footstool where we are! Always remember that. He created everything and for him all these things exist. You are a created being. We need to be aware and say that He created us for his pleasure. We should be pleasing in His sight.

We need to remember that God is awesome and fearful. He is holy. Only through the blood of Jesus can we approach the throne of grace, yet with fear and trembling. Those days, when we prayed we knelt down in holy reverence.

The body posture did something to our inward attitude. When you sit casually, you are causal. When you pray like that you may lose the sense of reverence and fear for God. If you have nothing against kneeling or even prostrating before God, all alone, no one watching, please try and you will feel it.

Remember also when you begin learning how to pray, that we cannot fool God with kneeling, when you are heart is not right with him. Confess your sins to him when .

Pray along with God' will

When God created us, He had a purpose. When man disobeyed, he did not fulfill God's purpose. Jesus on the cross made it possible for us. So, we can now try and fulfill His purpose. Heaven does God's will, pray that the earth does as well.

Therefore the more we pray like that, the more we would be conscious that the earth still is imperfect. However, it is not hopeless nor a lost cause, we still have hope that God's will be done on earth ultimately. Let us pray to that end.

Acknowledge your total dependence on God

We are grateful for jobs, work, business we have to provide for our family. Yet, the real source of our provision is in the God we worship. He gives us the strength and means to earn our way. He still is and always will be our provider. Give us this day our daily bread, echoes the thought that we should also not worry about tomorrow especially in the global economic crisis of 2009.

Give us our daily bread today, points out two facts, one daily and other today. Forget tomorrow. The Israelites in the wilderness, had their manna everyday from heaven. They are not to gather and store up for tomorrow. If they did, it will be full of worms, except for the Sabbath day.

In our relation ship with God we should depend and trust him, for our everyday needs on a daily basis. Income from our work will come and go! Bosses will come and go. Faithfulness of our great God remains the same. Great is his faithfulness

Pray for others and forgive them

We ought to pray for others. When you pray for others, there is a blessing. Forgiving other's sins is a proof of our love for our neighbor. We do not understand the truth behind this teaching. We sometimes take it lightly and keep harboring hatred, vengeance, and animosity towards our brothers and sisters.

People have talked ill of us or offended or insulted us, or may have even hurt us in the past. We ought to forgive if God is to forgive our sins. There is no way around this. It is not easy in the beginning, but you will find it easier as you grow in the grace of forgiveness.

Depend on God to help you in temptations

Temptations will come, as long as Satan is still around. He is powerless now that our Lord has resurrected, and all power is given to Jesus under heaven and earth. What is temptation? and what is evil? Temptation is to bring our attention to some thing that attracts us to do evil. Our eyes, body, and pride are the vehicle to commit that sin or evil.

God never tempts us. Satan and sometimes our own flesh does. If you yield to temptation, then it becomes sin. Temptation itself is not sin, it is giving in to temptation that leads to sin. Therefore, we ought to pray that God move tempting situations away for us.

God is the only one who has the power to deliver us from evil. Leading to Temptation and delivering from evil are two sides of the same coin. Deliverance from evil is the strength to resist. God will grant us this on a daily basis when we include that in our prayer life.

For God alone belongs the KINGDOM, POWER and GLORY for ever

The very reason we pray to God is that he is the source of all power and glory and all Kingdoms belong to him. He will raise one and bring down another. There is no power given to men that is not from God. He rightfully deserves our worship with attributes of kingship, power, and glory.

Let us praise him every day in our prayer life, joining the angels and elders in Heaven saying, Holy, Holy is the Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of thy Glory.

In His Eternal Love

Robert Fenn

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Robert Fenn is a pastor, preacher, mentor and bible teacher for over 40 years.
His writings reflect his personal daily walk, struggles, victories and failures. He loves to share God's unfailing love, protection and guidance to others throughout his life.
http://learninghowtopray.com/

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