Thursday, February 6, 2020

The P.R.A.Y. Method

Praise Repent Ask Yield

If you've been a Christian for any length of time, you've heard that you should pray regularly.

Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain. 1 Chronicles 4:10

You've learned the Lord's Prayer and maybe even the Prayer of Jabez, both good, solid prayers to being with and to regularly include in your prayer life.

To experience a deeper relationship with God, you should take it to the next level by turning your prayers into conversations with Jesus. That scares some and frustrates others because they don't know how to pray in that way.

If you google "how to pray", you'll get about 130,000,000 results. Among those millions of suggestions are some good ones to get you started. 

Instead of making you slog through millions of blogs, articles, and images, here's one method of learning to pray that works well for many.


Using the acronym PRAY makes it easier to remember the different parts of prayer.

Praise

Start your prayer by praising God. Your praise can include your awe and wonder of His mighty works. Have you ever been amazed at how everything works so perfectly together in nature? Or been thankful for an answered prayer? Those are good things to talk about in this part of your prayer.

Repent

Next, ask forgiveness for your sins. Think about the consequences of your sin and how you can avoid it in the future.

Ask

Many prayer newbies skip the first two parts and jump right to the third - Ask - by praising and repenting will put you in the right frame of mind for "asking". 

This is where you ask God to intervene in your or someone else's life. You may ask for help in solving a problem, strength in facing a difficult situation, or wisdom to make the right choice. You might ask for healing for yourself or someone else. There are any number of things that you might need help with and God wants to help you.

Yield

The last step is perhaps the most difficult for most people and that is to "yield" or say "yes" to God's will. This part of your prayer is where you ask God to reveal His will to you and you talk with Him about it. You might be fearful of or doubt your ability to do what He might ask you to do. If so, express those fears and doubts and let Him give you the courage and strength to move forward.

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Try this method of learning to pray and see if it makes it easier to have a conversation with God. If it doesn't try another method until you find what works for you. In the end, it doesn't matter how you pray. The important thing is to start the conversation.

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