"Pray without ceasing;" -- 1 Thessalonians 5:17
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Preparing to Pray


Before you begin to pray,
Get Alone, Get Still, Get Quiet
1. We can pray anywhere and anytime. And indeed we should be praying everywhere and all the time. The Bible entreats us to "pray without ceasing." (1 Thessalonians 5:17) But there should be a time and place set apart for praying in solitude. This is the example Jesus gave us in scripture.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. -- Mark 1:35 NIV
But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 NASB
Find a time and a place where you can get alone with the Lord in total solitude.

2. Get still before the Lord. You can pray while driving down the road but the best praying is when you are still.
“Be still, and know that I am God" --Psalm 46:10

3. Find a Quiet place.
You really can't pray very well with the TV going. Multi-tasking doesn't work well with praying. God wants our undivided attention.

Praying is more than us talking to God.
Praying is having a conversation with God (it involves talking and listening). Begin by thanking Him, praising His Holy name, confessing and asking for forgiveness of your sins, praying for others (especially those who mistreat you), and asking God to give you wisdom; and then listen by reading and meditating on His word.
Expect an answer from God.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; --Colossians 4:2

Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; --Psalm 37:7a -amp.

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty [hidden] things, which you do not know. --Jeremiah 33:3
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a Guide to Prayer

         Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; --Colossians 4:2
Praise and Thanksgiving
"Praise be to God!" -Psalms 68:35
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name"-- Psalms 100:4
"I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving." -- Psalms 69:30
Get still and quiet. Praise Him and thank Him for who He is and what He has done.
Tell God how much you appreciate Him. Express your love for Him. Praise His power and majesty. You have plenty
of reasons to be thankful. Thank God for His love, His faithfulness, His patience and a million other things.

Confession - Repentance
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." -1 John 1:9
Tell Him where you have fallen short. Be specific. Be honest. Repent of your sins.

Asking
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." -- Philippians 4:6
"and whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do the things that are pleasing in His sight." --1 John 3:22
"And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." -- Matthew 21:22
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you --. Matthew 7:7
But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind." --James 1:6
"You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures." -- James 4:3
Tell God what you want, no matter how small it seems to you. And ask God what He wants.
Always want what God wants more than what you want.

Listening
"You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him." --Deuteronomy 13:4
You have today declared the Lord to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His
ordinances, and listen to His voice. --Deuteronomy 26:17
Be still and quiet. Meditate on the Word of God. Have this heart attitude from 1 Samuel 3:10: "Speak (Lord), for your servant is listening."

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Prayerfully Thank God for His Promises

Faith is welcoming and confessing the promises of God from a distance. -from Hebrews 11:13

Here are a few of God's Promises. Search out the scriptures for all of His promises and use them in your daily prayers with a greatful, thankful heart.

When you are having trouble:
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." -- --Proverbs 46:1
When your not sure about the future:
"For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to
give you a future and a hope." --Jeremiah 29:11
When you feel like no one listens to you:
"Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell great and mighty [hidden] things which you do not know." --Jeremiah 33:3
When you feel unloved:
"But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." --Romans 5:8
When you are afraid:
"When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You." --Psalm 56:3
"Do not be afraid of sudden fear, nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep you foot from being caught." --Proverbs 3:25-26
"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." --Isaiah 12:2
"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you. declares the Lord" --Jeremiah 1:8
death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." --Psalm 23:4
When you feel lonely:
Jesus said, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you" --John 14:18
"for He Himself has said, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you, so that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid, what will man do to me?" --Hebrews 13:13b-6
When life is overwhelming:
"...casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." --1 Peter 5:7
When you need answers:
"Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell great and mighty [hidden] things which you do not know." --Jeremiah 33:3
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Go, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him" --James 1:5
When you are anxious:
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." --Philippians 4:6-7
When you face trials:
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." --James 1:2-4
When you need forgiveness:
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." --1 John1:9

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