It might be surprising that just over half of all adults in the UK pray particularly during times of crisis. A percentage of those are people would say they are not at all religious and would not consider themselves particularly good people, but they pray and many would say they experience amazing answers to their prayers on a regular basis, more so than by way of coincidence.
When we pray it’s important to know who we are praying to, just like when we speak we usually address what we are saying to a particular person. Praying is just the same, we direct what we have to say to someone who we cannot see, but who knows us and our situation.
Jesus gave us some really clear advice (which is recorded in the Bible) on how to pray and who to pray to. He also promised a reward when we pray, he said this;
“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.”
Jesus tells us to pray to God like a Father in heaven who is unseen. He also taught that our Father in heaven sees us, knows us and cares about us.
So a simple prayer might be
“Heavenly Father, I don’t really know how to pray please help me to pray. I ask that you speak to me, guide me and bring me your peace.”
It could be that you find it difficult to sleep or you are really worried about someone you love, and you could pray a prayer about that. Then just relax and wait for a few moments in a quiet place. It could be that you feel more peaceful as you wait for God to respond.
There are so many different types of prayer, but the most important thing is that we start a conversation with our unseen Heavenly Father who loves us. He invites us into an exciting relationship which just gets better and better. He is never slow to reward us.
For more help we recommend the free online prayer course by Pete Greig, founder of 24-7 prayer, a global prayer movement. https://prayercourse.org/sessions/