HOW TO PRAY WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Cor. 10:3-5
These next things may sound simple and they are… but the effects are “Mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” both within ourselves and others and in all situations that concern us.
“Without me you can do NOTHING!” John 15
We often don’t know what to pray or how to start… here are some suggestions in no particular order. Go aside alone, kneel, bow or lay face down… earnestly DESIRE to be heard, have FAITH that you are, CONFESS your shortcomings, HUMBLE your ego/ mind/ body. COVER your head with a scarf, shawl, veil or tallith (an act of submission to the Lord as the Head of the Church and our Spiritual Husband) ASK the Holy Spirit to HELP you and He will. LIFT up hands, PRAISE & THANK His Name over and over, with a sincere THANKFUL ATTITUDE and boldly DECLARE scriptures. Begin to PLEAD with the Father that HIS WILL, plans and purposes shall be done and HIS KINGDOM come and that all the last days Messianic prophecies will come to pass for His Glory etc. (It is good to have some from Isaiah and Zechariah about the restoration of Israel etc. written on your wall) PRAY IN TONGUES and let the WEEPING start or a new spiritual SONG and dancing unto Him may arise from your heart! Flow WITH Him. DEPEND on Him. Of course you may also want to say the Lord’s Prayer, listen to a CD of music or read your Bible or other book during these times. Each time of “prayer” is unique and creative, not ritualistic and boring.
The times alone with God… seeking Him in these ways as He leads… is the way to receive revelations, prophecies and understanding of spiritual mysteries which our natural carnal mind could never know or even think of!
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.“ 1 Cor. 2:7-16
Many believers in Yeshua / Jesus have never been taught they need to receive the promise, the power, infilling, anointing or “baptism” with the Holy Spirit… who then gives various Gifts of the Spirit to various members of the Bride of Messiah. This brings them from the Outer Court of SALVATION to the Inner Court of PRIESTLY Spiritual experience and service/ ministry to others. (Worship takes one even closer to the Throne of the Most High Elohim beyond the veil)
SEE… Acts 2:4 and 1 Cor. 14
Praying in the spirit (your Heavenly spiritual prayer language) and speaking by the inspired Gift of Tongues may be followed by the Gift of Interpretation of tongues. (yes even when you are alone!) He gives us guidance in various ways by the Indwelling Spirit of Wisdom, Councel and Might. Answers to specific prayer requests invariably follow in the days after but no matter how long it takes… things do change and new doors do open. He makes everything beautiful in His time. Always wait patiently for that right timing to come, notice what God does for you and give Him thanks and honor, sharing with others about your blessings and answers to prayer. What AMAZING Gifts of Love from the Father’s Throne!
THERE CAN BE A REAL FEAR, AVERSION & AVOIDANCE OF PRAYING… ANY FORM OF WORRY & STRESS IS FEAR WHICH BLOCKS YOU FROM FUNCTIONING NORMALY AND MAKES YOU GO AROUND IN CIRCLES GETTING NOWHERE!
“Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:6-7
Some people love to pray and are very organized with lists, dates and details and set times they “pray” etc. Some are called to intercession and or spiritual warfare as a ministry and burden of Love for the salvation and deliverance of others… but for many others prayer is a rather vague and haphazard affair… usually only for emergencies! They put it off. Busy themselves with other things. Some think it’s for the “experts” like Ministers and Rabbis to do on behalf of the people once a week. It’s a rather scary thought, “I have to pray but don’t know what to do”. If that’s you, I know how you feel but I hope this article inspires you. Perhaps some of us have been afraid to face “it” because we expect prayer should be all about praying for others, storming the gates of heaven for hours, yelling out, crying and such things… rather than it being firstly about you and God quietly becoming close and content with each others company. It doesn’t have to be a big deal. You don’t have to turn into an instant “PRAYER WARRIOR”… and start doing warfare with the Sword of the Spirit… though you may after you get used to it! (If yelling and rolling around clutching one’s stomach comes later, as I saw some women doing at a house prayer meeting once, then let it be. After all, going into prayer is seeking a meeting in the spiritual realm! There are things that can and do happen at times but they are between you and God.
He basicly meets with us in our familiar realm… like our bedroom…
“ And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 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. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” Math. 6:5-13
PRAYER or TALKING TO GOD… is the best way to stop the Merry – Go – Round of fears and addictions that control us & brings SPIRITUAL PEACE to the troubled soul. This is called “Shalom” in Hebrew and means wellbeing of the whole being.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He careth for you” 1 Pet. 5:6-7
I SUGGEST- TO MAKE WANTING TO BE ALONE WITH GOD YOUR PRIORITY AND DON’T EVEN CALL IT “PRAYER” IF THAT SEEMS TOO RELIGIOUS OR UNCOMFORTABLE… maybe think of having time out for talking to God, walking, sitting under a tree, reading, communing, whispering, humming, singing, worshiping with uplifted hands, bowing down, closing the eyes, standing facing a wall, meditating, writing thoughts or poetry or how you feel in a journal, just waiting on God, resting/ soaking in His Presence with CD or earphone music? Then you will find that while you are BEING WITH Him even just sitting in silence thinking about Him… then sooner or later you will start talking to Him from your heart. It will just naturally happen. And what a relief it is to find yourself praying! Not just taking but asking God for help and guidance. THAT IS PRAYER! The more you pray the more you will want to pray. Like excercising the body, you will come to realize how weak you become without it. You cannot live an abundant life without it and you certainly cannot do any fruitful, anointed ministry without it. The more you need to do… the more time with God you need. Like eating and drinking. Like petrol in the tank.
THE DESIRE TO PRAY is about HUNGERING & THIRSTING AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS… WANTING to know the Mystery of the Godhead more… then coming as an act of your will to worship Him in your own way.
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” John 6:37
The main thing is to want to come. To admit and break through our own stubborness, fear and pride. Be willing to learn but don’t copy others or feel inadequate or “silly”. Don’t put it off too long as it just gets harder because the soul and mind don’t naturally WANT to pray! (see my last article too CLICK HERE ) Be like a little child coming to their Daddy every day and even in the middle of the night for a comforting cuddle, a drink and maybe a chat. He isn’t frowing, too busy or rejecting you. He doesn’t have a whip to hurt you. He loves you to come… as often as you want. Yeshua said the Father is waiting, watching and longing at the gate for His wayward children to come back home. He misses you! Simply talk to God as if you COULD see Him for He DOES see and know you! Yes, God tests and disciplines us at times but only for our own benefit… and we do go through times where personal prayer is easier or harder but don’t ever doubt God and give up trying…
Our Beloved Lord Yeshua / Jesus, said to His disciples in the garden of Gethsemane…
“Could you not watch with me for one hour?” Math. 26:40
I find it usually takes me about an hour to PRESS IN and start seeking and hearing from Yeshua. (Not always but it’s best to stay in a state of holy communion & fellowship in your spirit/ heart rather than let it slip) He will teach, guide and help you to pray and worship the Father in spirit and Truth, under the COVERING of His anointing and you will feel quietly refreshed, blessed, restored & edified. Even if not… keep seeking God and He will reward you with His Shalom Peace of soul. Others will see and feel the sweeter difference in you / me too! If I can do it, so can you!
PRAYER…that is being alone with God in the Secret Place, sharing and confiding by FAITH about everything that concerns you… is the way to strengthen yourself spiritually and become a mature “OVERCOMER” in Christ Jesus our Savior and Messiah.
“Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” AMPIFIED BIBLE Phil. 4:4-7
I HAVE TO EMPHAZISE AGAIN- WE ABSOLUTELY MUST DEPEND ON THE HOLY SPIRIT OF YAHWEH TO HELP US WORSHIP AND PRAY… He is Emmanuel, God with us as our Comforter, Teacher and Helper. He personaly teaches, trains and equips us for Godly living in all areas of life and ministry.
Holiness and sanctification depend on prayer and worship being a part of our life… but be encouraged that you aren’t on your own!
“So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance. And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the [Holy] Spirit [what His intent is], because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God’s will.” Rom. 8:26-27
Blessings from Susan and here is a LINK to one of my other websites for sharing about our Lord and HIS LIFE & FAITH… please share it with someone! (there is more I want to put on it, please pray for me as there is so much to do)
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