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Is There A Right Way To Pray?

Updated on November 12, 2014

Please Leave Me Alone, I'm Trying To Pray!

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Willow Tree Angel | Source


Your prayer life should be personal. This article is about how to establish a meaningful prayer life in peace.

Who Died And Made You The Prayer Police?

I went to church with my mom last Sunday, and as usual she started agitating me. My mother told me that my prayers were not going to be answered, due to the fact that I was praying incorrectly. She told me that my eyes were wide open and my hands were not adjusted properly.

First of all, I don't like praying with my eyes close, because I like to see what's going on around me. And I don't like folding my hands because they get too sweaty.

And for starters, how would my mother know if I was praying incorrectly or not, when she should be praying too, who died and made her the prayer police?

I've prayed for a lot of things and to be honest, I have yet to receive what I was praying for. So...maybe I'm praying wrong. I don't know, I thought prayer was supposed to be between me and God. Instead, it's between me, God, and my nosey mother.

Looking for faithful advice. Love, Grace

Your Faith Is Between You And God

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Image of man holding a gold cross | Source

Prayer Is Personal

Young woman with her hands positioned in prayer.
Young woman with her hands positioned in prayer. | Source

The Answer To Prayer

Dear Grace, you are absolutely right, prayer should be between you and God. Some people feel the need to pray eloquently in public, making others feel as if they need to take a class on praying, when in reality you can pray throughout the day about anything your heart desires. This does not mean you will get the desires of your heart right away, sometimes what you pray for may not be within God's timing.

Grace, you can pray while doing the dishes, driving the car, doing laundry, or jogging. Your prayer is personal. However if you are praying for someone to become hurt or ill, that is the wrong thing to do. Their own destruction in life will eventually backfire.

Never judge another persons praying style

When I was a young girl I attended a Christian school, I can remember laughing at one of my classmates during prayer, because she was passionately kneeling on the floor.

I went home and shared the event with my mother. My mom reprehended me in love, and shared that it was not my place to judge how others choose to communicate with God. I hold that lesson close to my heart till this day.

Grace through favor, God hears all prayers.

To Each His Own. Keep praying.

Some People Don't Feel Comfortable Praying In Front Of Others

Some People Should Pray In Private

This Is How My Mother Taught Me To Pray! Thanks Mom!

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.

Matthew 6:5

Stay True To How "You" Pray. Do Not Worry About How Others Want You To Pray

Embrace Your Prayer. (Josh Groban - & The African Children's Choir) 'You Raise Me Up' Amen

Prayer Is Personal.

Do You Pray On A Daily Basis?

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    • Lori P. profile image

      Lori Phillips 4 years ago from Southern California USA

      Speak freely for He hears you.