Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
How’s your prayer life? How often do you pray? Are your prayers focused on you or others? Do you desire the will of God? Do you acknowledge and praise the Lord in your prayers?
When someone asked Jesus how we ought to pray He gave them the Model Prayer that included a few simple elements: Acknowledgement, Praise, and Supplication. When we follow this pattern we will find our prayers more effective and personal.
By acknowledging that God is there, we recognize that He is listening, and He has power and authority over all things. “I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me” (Psalm 57:2). “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
Gratitude and praise should dominate our prayers for the blessings that God has graciously bestowed upon us day to day. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Lastly, as necessary, we should go to the Lord with all of our cares. “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
While there are many things to consider when we pray, the form need not be complex or the language sophisticated. “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26). Prayers are simply our way of communicating with God. So talk to Him.