Prayer in the Christian religion is when you are in a conversation with the Lord, our Father. It is a time of worship and a time where you are able to bring anything you need to God's attention. God already knows what is wrong and he knows that we are not perfect, but when you devote time to him and talk to him, he believes it is a great gift.
God is not a "thing" who grants you everything you want like a genie would, so don't go asking him for anything and everything, then just expect him to give it to you. Prayer is like a conversation that you would have with your best friend. You wouldn't just talk to them or ask them for something then walk away. You wouldn't just say hi and ignore them for the rest of the day. You would sit down and usually have a deep and meaningful conversation with them. So how is this any different from God? He was your creator, he loves everyone of you. The least you could do is talk to him.
What can I talk about?
You can talk to God about anything and everything your heart desires, what you are thinking, what you did today, your beliefs, anything. There is a point to where this can go however. Do not go around and ask God for things like thousands of dollars and a brand-new high quality car, big house, hot girlfriend/boyfriend, etc. If you believe that you are able to do that, then by all means, go ahead and try, but I am telling you now, you won't be getting all those things through God himself. He won't make a lamborghini appear in your driveway, he won't magically get a house and put your name on it, he won't bring you the hot woman or handsome man you are looking for if you don't act upon your faith.
God will not GIVE you all of these for yourself, you need to do a lot of the hard work, but knowing the God is there supporting you in everything that you do is one of the greatest gifts you can ever have.
Some main ideas people pray about are:
- Sad times in their life (example a death or a loss of something close to them)
- Troubles they may be facing
- Improvements they want to make
- The good thing that Bob did today
- Happy times in your day
- Updates on their work
All of these are great subjects to be praying about, but it isn't worth it if you just say these things and walk away from it. You need to wait for a response. A lot of people receive it in different ways and at different times, so don't worry if he doesn't give you a sign straight away.
In the bible it says: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 | NIV |
When and Where
You can pray whenever you'd like to, where ever you'd like to. You can do it at night time in bed just before you go to sleep. You could get onto your knees and pray. You can do it whilst in class, at your job, when shopping, when relaxing, where ever you would like to.
Guys, another point is that you don't need to close your eyes when praying. You can be going for a walk or jog and pray during that time, or when you are eating, you could just say a quick prayer. As long as you are focused on what you or someone is saying during the prayer (that actually contributes to it) then you will be respecting God. Closing your eyes just lets you focus easier. Putting your hands together is to help you not fidget with things around you. You DO NOT need to close your eyes or press your hands together, but it is a sign of respect and a time where you are focused and not being worried by anything that is around you.
Some bible verses that can encourage you to be praying more often:
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
- Colossians 4:2; "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."
- Jeremiah 29:12; "Then you will call on me and come pray to me, and I will listen to you."
- Romans 12:12; "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
- Philippians 4:6-7; "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
If you need any help in your faith, just ask somebody around you who can help. I will be happy to try and help out if I am able to as a brother in Christ, but I do not have all the answers. I encourage anyone and everyone to attend a church or a youth group if possible, or get yourself a bible and start to read it. Understand what exactly God's plan is for you and what he wants you to do as a follower. The bible is a set of instructions that you need to figure out. If you are struggling with something in the bible as in understanding it, then pray about it. What is the worst that could happen? God won't judge you for not understanding. God won't punish you for asking, because none of us are perfect and we all fall short of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit! Amen