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Please tell me how I can learn to pray properly. I try to pray, but after about a minute or so I run out of things to say, and I know God must be very disappointed in me.


When you were very young, did you suddenly start talking with your parents in long sentences and for great lengths of time? I doubt it. And yet they weren’t disappointed in you; they were delighted in your first attempts to speak.

In the same way, when we truly understand that God is our loving heavenly Father and we are His children, then we won’t worry so much about “running out of things to say” or disappointing Him. God wants us to talk with Him, our heavenly Father, and He takes delight in us when we come to Him in prayer. When His disciples asked Jesus how to pray, He replied, “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven …'” (Matthew 6:9).

Begin when you pray by thanking and praising God for His love and goodness. The Psalmist wrote, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalm 107:8, KJV). Then confess your sins and ask for His forgiveness. Finally, bring your concerns to Him. You may find it helpful to keep a list of people for whom you are praying.

Perhaps, however, the first prayer you need to make is one of faith, asking Christ to come into your life and giving yourself to Him. Christ has opened Heaven’s door for us by His death on the cross, and when we know Him, we know God hears our prayers.

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  1. Carlo Calumpong says:

    I pray that my mind be well so that I can discern my actions. Because, while my heart accepts Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my mind needs to be cleansed.

  2. sarah k says:

    I need a prayer of restoration I feel so lost, deliverance,God’s wisdom, guidance and intervention in my spouse’s life.

  3. Trymore says:

    I loved this scripture and I would like to being kept updated in many things

  4. Terri Thornburgh says:

    Thank you for the clarification on how to pray.

  5. Pumla says:

    I pray for deliverance. For the generation curse over my family to be lifted by thunder and fire in Jesus Name. I pray for peosperity and financial breakthrough….AMEN

  6. sandy rucker says:

    Thank You for those kind words. I am troubled in my life and trying to find a better way for me and my children.

  7. Joshua Onono says:

    pray for my mother and father to reunite as one

  8. Ashley says:

    Please pray for my husband’s salvation. I know God can do amazing things in his life and our marriage and family. I am putting my faith in Him. Thank you.

    1. Tim Shue says:

      Ashley I’m praying for you and your family now, I believe strongly in the power of prayer . I HOPE ALL turns out well for you guys. Please continue to have faith that the Lord is all powerful and all knowing and he will work it out Tim Shue, North Carolina

  9. Shannon lowe McAllister says:

    Please pray with me that God cures my Son Thomas from autism.

    1. Trish Iseley says:

      Hi Shannon,
      I will pray for your son Thomas. I am in the same boat with my nine year boy having Autism. We are daily committed to praying for him and working towards him getting off the spectrum! He is such a sweet lovable boy. God bless you! Trish

  10. Wendy Bonkolo says:

    Need prayers and guidance in praaising and praying to the Lord