How to Pray

How to Pray

  • Prayer in its simplest definition is just communicating with God.
  • If you’re a person of prayer, you’ll experience a whole lot more of God’s blessings than if you’re not.
  • Most of us wish we prayed more (and better); prayer can be a very difficult thing.
  • One of the reasons prayer can be so difficult is we have an adversary, the devil who walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he might devour. He’ll do everything he can to distract.
  • The flesh is very, very seldom gratified by spending a season on its knees praying. We have to discipline our bodies in order to pray.
  • I want to use the word P-R-A-Y as an acrostic to help improve your prayer life.
P—Praise (Scriptures: Psalm 100:1–4, Psalm 18:3, Revelation 4:11, Isaiah 64:5, Psalm 22:3, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Psalm 8:2, Matthew 21:15–16,)
  • When you come to God, it is best to always begin with praise.
  • Even if you have pressing issues, it will be worth your while to spend some time thanking and worshiping God to start with.
  • The password to entering God’s presence is “Thank you,” and we all have many things to thank God for if we think about it.
  • We should worship God, first, because He is the only being worthy of our worship. He is our God.
  • Every human being is a worshiper. In one way or another, everyone worships something; but the only Being in existence worthy of our worship is God.
  • We worship because it honors God. There are also some side benefits to us, which are not the main reason we worship.
  • When we worship, it brings His presence. The majestic presence of God comes and fills up the atmosphere when we praise.
  • When God’s presence comes, there’s liberty.
  • When we praise God, it also brings the ordained strength of God on the scene and causes the enemy to stop his activity.
  • Worship is never wasted time.
  • God alone is the focus of our worship. The enemy being stopped is just a side benefit.
R—Repent (Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 66:18,)
  • Repentance is an inward change of heart resulting in an outward change of direction.
  • As we come to God, it’s important to get our hearts clean first before we petition Him for our needs. It’s important to do a little self-examination.
  • So after you spend time worshiping God, invite Him to illuminate your heart and show you if there is anything hindering His work in your life—anything you need to change.
  • If there is nothing there, move on. Don’t make a big deal out of it (or make something up); but if you do have a sense that something is not right, ask God and repent of anything He shows you that’s inconsistent with godly living or the principles in Scripture.
A—Ask (Scriptures: Matthew 7:7–11, Matthew 21:22,)
  • Before we rush to asking, it’s important to worship and make sure our hearts are clean.
  • We must be careful not to water down the words of Jesus in order to bring our theology down to the level of our experience. Jesus meant what He said: “Ask, and it will be given.”
  • Let’s not put God in a box as to how He answers. God doesn’t fit well into anyone’s box. In fact, he refuses to go into the boxes we make.
Y—Yield (Scriptures: Psalm 37:4,)
  • Give God the right of way. Get quiet and listen.
  • Prayer is a two-way street. The most important part is listening to what He wants to say.
  • Become soft or pliable before the Lord, and He promises to guide you through the desires of your heart.
  • God has next steps for you to take—things He wants you to change and shift. It’s important to take the time to listen and yield.

How to Pray

If you are like many Christians, you want an effective prayer life but find it difficult to remain consistent. You know that you should pray, but you are not sure how to pray.

In this message, Bayless Conley challenges you to use the simple acrostic P-R-A-Y as the blueprint for an effective and fulfilling prayer life. As you learn HOW TO PRAY you will notice the difference in your daily life and discover the blessings God has waiting for you.


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