Prayer is the most potent weapon of the Christian. And most people, most Christians, do not even know how to pray.
Most people think that praying is talking to God. But, from experience, I can tell you that it is much easier to learn about someone by listening to them than it is by talking to them. The same goes for God: if you want to learn about God, listen to Him, let Him reveal Himself to you through His Word and His Spirit.
I have been in a spirit of prayer for the past several days. Feeling utterly in tune with God and subconsciously and intentionally lifting up my petitions and praises. God has worked upon me in an odd way over the course of the last few days. Some people I dearly love are having a rough time of it, and it’s difficult for me to know how to pray for them because I don’t know what it is they’re going through.
So, how do you pray for someone if you don’t know what they’re going through? Well, you know the people, pray for the people, not the circumstance. When you pray for them, or even just think about them, your spirit bears witness of them unto the Father who knows all and sees all. To pray for someone’s struggle may be as difficult as continually lifting up that person in constant prayer without even knowing what specifically is wrong.
We all come to a place where we pray and ask God why, how, and when. But, rarely do we wait and listen for His response. You can imagine how the frustration builds in us when we don’t receive answers. Most of the time it is our fault. God has given us His word for an answer. Every answer you request of Him, He can reveal by and through His Word. Just listen.
So, when you don’t know how to pray, try listening. Ask God what you should do, pray that His will be done, and praise Him for His faithfulness and omnipotence. I always turn to scripture when I run out of ideas. Really, God wants to get to know you, and the more you listen, the more you’ll get to know Him and His will and plan.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist