What Does The Bible Say
How do I pray to my heavenly Father?
Guideline for a born again child of God
As a new born again child of God it is sometimes difficult or uncomfortable to communicate with our Heavenly Father, especially if you didn’t have much of a relationship with your biological father. We will introduce you to your Heavenly Father, the Father that has a great desire to have a deep relationship with you, the Father that wants to meet all your needs. For He so loved you that He gave His only son to die on the cross for you so that you could have eternal life. The question, however, is still – HOW DO I PRAY?
1. A time and a place
You need to find a time and a place where you can go daily to spend quality time with God. Matthew 6:6 – “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly”. You need to choose a time and a place that is practical for you. If you do not do this you could be losing time and before you know it weeks have passed by without you being in His presence. Sometime we walk around with this empty, lost feeling and we don’t know why – this is nothing more than our spirit wanting to spend time with our Heavenly Father.
Enter your prayer time with anticipation, excitement and expectation as though you were visiting one of your loved ones. Do not make this time a routine where you use the same prayer or sentence every day – this will lead to a dead end in your relationship with your Heavenly Father. Why would you want to do this? You need to place all your focus and attention on your Heavenly Father, give him your every thought, your burdens, your emotions – choose to give Him your full attention for the full time that you spend with Him.
The Word says we need to worship our Heavenly Father in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24 – 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
God is spirit – it is important that you worship your Heavenly Father in spirit and in truth. We need to make the transition from our flesh and carnal thoughts to our spirit that is one with His Spirit (Holy Spirit) where we can be intimate with our Heavenly Father.
We need to ask Holy Spirit to work in us and through us to lay the correct words in our thoughts and mouth. Never pray about negative circumstances by complaining, whining or gossiping – you rather ask for His will and His solution and His Word to get us to be with Him in His presence. Speaking in tongues is an invaluable gift – if you have not received this gift through Holy Spirit then ask Father in the name of Jesus to give you the gift of speaking in tongues – this is for all His children. Read more about this gift of the Spirit of God in 1 Corinthians 12.
Our Messiah taught his disciples to pray to our Heavenly Father and to ask in the name of Jesus Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Read Matthew 6:9 / John 14:14, 15, 15-16 / Romans 8:26.
You can pray in any position you want as long as you are comfortable. You can sit, stand, kneel, walk around, you can raise your arms up to Him. You can “sit on His lap” – it is comforting to do this. Sit in an armchair with your legs over the armrest as if you were sitting on His lap. Put your head against the back of the chair as though you were resting your head on His chest and ask Him to hold you close. There are no rules as to what you should do, you can do what you want as long as you always show respect and reverence to Him. He is Almighty, Wonderful,
Eternal, Exalted, Perfect, etc., etc., etc.. (Job 38-41). He is the Almighty Father and Creator of the universe, who though our Saviour Jesus Christ we can call him Abba (dad / daddy). Father has an abundance of love and will meet you wherever you are.
Speak from your heart when you speak to Father and remind him of what He said and promised in His word. Be careful of negative emotions, do not blame Him for circumstances in your life. You need to take responsibility for your own choices, actions, thoughts and deeds. Often one wants to blame Him for consequences of our actions, by doing exactly what His Word forbids us to do. We are sometimes a victim of other people actions, but sometimes He is testing us to build us up and to equip us.
3. Praise and worship
Greet your Heavenly Father by beginning with praise and worship. You can do this by singing along with gospel music, you can sing your own song with your own words to Him, you can sing in your tongues, you can sing praise Psalms that you identify with, you can read the Psalms to Him. A few Psalms are Psalm 19 / 23 / 24 / 47 / 63 / 65 / 93 / 95 / 96 / 97 / 98 / 99 / 100 / 104 / 135 / 136 / 145 – 150.
4. Ask forgiveness
Ask Holy Spirit to show you what is causing the barrier between you and Father. Remember any unrepented sin causes a barrier and stops you from experiencing the presence of Father. Confess and repent these sins to Father, forgive and bless those that have harmed you and hurt you in any way. Ask Him to forgive your bad behaviour and sins – do not try and make excuses for this behaviour or sin or to blame others for this. King David sets an excellent example of repentance in Psalm 51 and Father says he is a man close to His heart. Ask Him to cleanse you with the blood of Jesus, your Saviour. Thank Him for His forgiveness and for what He has done for you in your life. Tell Him how much you love Him, tell Him how much you long to be in His presence with Him. By doing this you will experience the presence of a loving Almighty Father. Let your spirit experience His presence, only then will your soul and your body experience the presence of Him as well. His presence can be overwhelming and you will experience tears of joy and you will be lost for words. This is when He will start speaking to you – do not stop now, push deeper into His presence – it is here in His presence that you need to ask Him for what you need and where He will speak to you – this will make all the difference in your prayers.
5. Ask for your needs
In Psalm 37:4 the word says – “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart”. Let Him know what your needs are and what you need help with but always seek through His will.
The above is a guideline only. As you continue to practice getting into His presence, it will literally take you a few seconds to be in His presence. His presence and His kingdom is within you always. Praise and worship music playing softly in the background will assist you to be in his presence.