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Lost In Prayer

Updated on December 30, 2013
This photo is the property of Melody Wilson (me) and Dwayne Elliott. Photo taken in Delaware, Usa 2012
This photo is the property of Melody Wilson (me) and Dwayne Elliott. Photo taken in Delaware, Usa 2012 | Source

Meditate On Prayer

Have you ever felt as though you were lost in a fog so thick you can't find your way out? Have you ever felt as though you've been to the deepest darkest depths that you couldn't imagine a light at the end of the tunnel? We've all felt this way at some point in our life. In these times the bible tells us to meditate in prayer. But what if those prayers seem like hollow words? When one imagines a person in prayer you tend to think of a serene moment. A time when you are lost in words that are coming from the heart. A space in this loud world where silence is the escape and you can finally hear the words yearning to come into existence. But so often prayers are not like that.

Some biblical verses on prayer goes as follows...

Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

But how do you achieve prayers that go that deep? How do you hear God's call and have the quiet time to pray continually? Sometimes it doesn't seem easy in our loud busy world. We're so consumed with all of our daily needs that we tend to not stop and listen. But when one stops to listen a lot can be both heard and understood.

For example, when I was a teenager I went to a youth group meeting every Wednesday night. Honestly I didn't go to be in church. I went because I was bored and there was kids there my age. But I did learn some things. There was this man that was a member of the church. He was in a wheel chair due to an auto accident. He still drove his truck that had been modified so he didn't have to use his legs. One night he was explaining to someone why he never listened to music when he was in his car driving. His reason was that it was his quiet time to be alone and pray. He would talk with God and just listen and enjoy the quiet. He would search his mind and that was his time when nobody could interrupt or intrude.

There are ways to make quiet time. You can do so in the bathroom, or while you're driving, perhaps when you get a break a work or school, etc. Finding alone time to pray or just listen is a good step to achieving meaningful prayer.

Matthew 26: 36-39 (NIV) Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed,

Luke 5:16 (NIV) Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed

Matthew 6:6 (NIV) But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
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Think about it. If prayer is meditation, you don't meditate in a group or a loud area. Meditation techniques say to find a quite place so you can be alone and comfortable to meditate. The same goes with prayer. Sure you can pray anytime, anywhere! But if you want to achieve deep meaningful prayers one of the best ways to do this is be alone.

One of my favorite ways to pray is going outside or driving to a place where I am all alone. A park would be nice, a path in a forest, your backyard if its big enough, etc. It doesn't have to be a huge beautiful garden or anything, just nice and silent. I enjoy being outside in nature when I pray. What better way to be closer to God then by being outside next to all of his creations. I use my senses to get acquainted with my surroundings. Looking at the grass, trees, flowers, or sky, smell the fresh air, listening to the birds or wind rustling the leaves, touching the things around me. It may sound silly, but its very calming. After a while I'll just begin talking. Prayers don't have to be large poetry type sonnets. It can simply be you speaking with God, and telling him what's on your mind. Treat him like you would a friend or a parent. Tell him you inner most thoughts and feelings. After a while you will become very calm, and almost feel his presence.

So far we've covered a lot of ground on what it takes to pray, but there are different ways and times you could pray.

Times of the day for Prayer

  1. Pray in the morning when you wake up
  2. Pray (saying grace) when you're eating a meal to give thanks
  3. Pray when you see someone in need on your daily travels
  4. Pray if you're feeling temptation or are having a bad day
  5. Pray at night just before you go to sleep

Different ways to pray

  1. Begin a prayer journal
  2. Listen in silence and meditate
  3. Pray during your bible reading time
  4. Find a prayer buddy

Before we go over the lists lets explain the basics of a prayer.

Basics Of Prayer

  1. Show respect: When you pray to God think of it as approaching the president or a King. You wouldn't simply walk up to them and be like "Hey what's up". I'm not comparing God to an earthly King or President. I am simply making a point that God is our Heavenly Father and the creator of all. We should show him the respect he deserves. Try not to boast, you don't need to dress up nicely, bow your head. Try not to be prideful.
  2. You can recite or read a passage from the bible to begin or end your prayer.
  3. Thank him and count your blessings. So often we see everything that has gone wrong in our lives. This helps us to stop for a moment and help us to see everything he has blessed us with.
  4. Forgiveness is something we should take into consideration each time we pray. We humans all fall short to the glory of God. We were born into sin and sometimes without realizing... we sin. If we stop during prayer to think about everything we might realize that there is more ways in which we could be better. Be honest, truthful, and sincere, and you will feel that God always forgives if we ask honestly.
  5. Ask him to guide you. We're all on a journey in this life. God is always there to guide us and show us the way. This life offers up many different paths and obstacles. If you ask for guidance and for God to show you how to make the correct decisions then he will.
  6. Pray for others. If there is someone in your life that doesn't treat you very well, or someone that is less fortunate, or whatever the case may be. Simply pray for them. They may need your prayers more then you or even they realize. Prayers are free, give them away!
  7. When you're finished praying you can say another verse from the bible or simply say "Amen" or "in Jesus name I pray, Amen"

Now lets go over the times of the day we can pray. Prayer in the morning helps us to realize that each day is a gift. We can pray about our daily concerns and ask God to help us. Saying grace before we eat is a way to thank God that we have a meal to sustain our health. Many people around the world don't have food to eat. We are blessed to have daily meals. If your riding down the road and see someone having car trouble, or someone frustrated about traffic. Whatever the case may be. Pray for people if you think they need it. If you're at work or school and feel frustrated about a situation. Or perhaps your in thick traffic and are getting angry, maybe you feel sick or tired. Simply pray to God, tell him how you're feeling. Our prayers at night are really special. Its the last thing we do before we go to bed. Its a time to go over in our minds how the day went. Nightly prayers can be very calming!

  1. Begin a prayer journal
  2. Listen in silence and meditate
  3. Pray during your bible reading time
  4. Find a prayer buddy

Now lets go over the few different ways to pray. Prayer can be done in many different ways. Just as we keep a journal of daily events or write letters to our friends and loved ones, you can keep a prayer journal. In whichever manner you want to do it. Prayer journals can be good ways in which to concentrate on what you're praying about and good for looking back on them. Like we covered earlier, listening in silence can be a good way to pray without words even being spoken. Just as we talk to God, he listens. How can we expect to hear God's answers if we are constantly around noise and having things on our minds. Meditation is a good way to clear your mind. The bible is a wonderful book. Its very interesting and compelling. If you come across a scripture that you think might pertain to you, stop and pray. Or you could say out loud, for example, The Lords Prayer and customize it to fit you in your prayer. Last but not least, praying with a friend can be really nice. You can share different concerns, pray for people together, or simply read the bible together. Companionship is something we all need in this world. We want to be excepted. What better way to bond with someone then praying together.

Thank you for reading this article. If you try any of these techniques and get a good experience please share it below. Also if you have anymore tips please feel free to add them in the comments section below. Together we can help one another have more meaningful relationships with God through prayer.

This photo is the property of Melody Wilson (me) and Dwayne Elliott. Photo taken in Delaware, Usa 2012
This photo is the property of Melody Wilson (me) and Dwayne Elliott. Photo taken in Delaware, Usa 2012 | Source

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Yes, He is our best friend, and we can speak with just like we are talking with our best friend, as He is indeed! I do like to find a nice, peaceful quiet place to talk to God. I am so thankful to be in a personal and intimate relationship with the Lord, and I could not imagine not being able to speak with him daily.

      Up and more and sharing.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Melody Wilson 3 years ago from Millsboro, Delaware, Usa

      Thank you for commenting. I cannot imagine not being able to speak with God whenever I want either. He truly can be like a best friend.

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