The Rules For Prayer!
(There are none!)
Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
Did you know that there are left brain people and right brain people in this world? Now while it is not written in stone, (after all, the human body remains very much a mystery, even today) scientists do know that it is the left brain that is primarily responsible for our speech and language or verbal acuity while our right side deals more with all things more analytical like math and science. I am most definitely a left brain person. My dad had to practically hog tie me and beat me over the head with calculations, algorithms and cosines to get me through High School and yet I always had enough ability to spin language so that I sometimes managed to squeak by with writing answers to word problems that left my teachers so stunned that they had no idea whether I had ever answered the question correctly in the first place! My point to this is that, despite what is a passable talent for being able to combine words into a cohesive thought, I have the hardest time writing a prayer! While I may be able to express to God with my heart the things I want to convey or ask His help with, when it comes to actually phrasing it in print, I am woefully lacking. And by the looks of the number of answers I have found when I entered the phrase “writing a prayer” into the search engine of my computer, I am not the only one!
If we break it down to its basic components, a prayer is nothing more than a conversation with God. If we are relaxed talking with a friend, we should be just as relaxed as we hold a conversation with God, which is why it is so much easier for me to pray silently that it is when I try to write it all down. I think we (I) become so concerned about syntax and punctuation and sentence structure that is necessary when our (my) words appear in the printed form, that we (I) forget the very basic fact that all prayer is, is a conversation! And while a written prayer can take any number of different forms (such as prose or poem or even lyrics to a song), we need to throw away all those hard and fast rules of the English language (or whatever language you speak and write in) that we use as we write! Your prayer should not look, sound or read the same way as my prayer does. It is, after all, our uniqueness that brings a freshness and a new voice to what it is that we are asking our Heavenly Father for. However there is one thing I do know from all the writing I have done throughout the years. Read the words you write. If they are something you like and would strike a chord with you if you yourself were to read them in a book, then you have done well. And, I can state with certainty, that whether your words are adoration or entreaty, God will be exceedingly pleased to hear from you!!!!!!
How Should We Pray?
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
What Should We Pray For?
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.
Who Should We Pray For?
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
1 Timothy 2:1-2
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