Heavenly Father, hear our prayer,
Keep us in thy loving care.
Guide us in the live-long day,
In our work and in our play.
Keep us sweet and pure and true,
In everything we say and do. Amen
This is the prayer my Grandma Libby used to say with us every night before we went to bed each time we spent the night at her house. She’s the one that always encouraged me to “start my day with scripture.”
“Yes, Grandma,” I would say, especially with an eye roll when she would ask me this over the phone. I was a teenager, and I wasn’t praying.
Only until recently, I could proudly say that I was doing what my late-grandma asked of me, often times before I even roll out of bed (thanks to K-LOVE for the encouraging word of the day, sent directly to my Inbox.)
Nowadays, I find myself praying all the time, but I also wonder if I’m doing it right. Is there a right or wrong way to pray? Do I have to pray in a certain spot? Do I have to kneel at the altar? Is it okay to pray for myself? Should I pray for someone else? Is it okay to tell God that I love him?
You can Google “how to pray” and come up with all kinds of suggestions on how to pray, but I’m going to keep it simple for you:
Pray from the heart.
Whatever comes to mind at that very moment, is what you should be praying for, who you should be praying for. There’s no right or wrong way.
Today, after taking communion, I found a spot at the altar, kneeled down and begin to pray. Praying at the altar, to me, is a very personal choice. Up until recently, it wasn’t something I was comfortable doing.
1 Kings 8:22-23, it states:
22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. 23 He said, “O LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing loving kindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart.
This is how I felt today, except I said, “You are the Almighty God, and I thank you for all that you’ve given me.”
I prayed for peace, for strength and I asked God to keep watch over my dear friends, near and far, going through some rough patches, and my family, especially my daughter, who is struggling with staying motivated with school work (ugh…teenagers).
I often tell God how much I love him, how much I appreciate Him. It makes me feel so good knowing that He loves me back.
So when you go to pray, tonight, tomorrow or whenever, there isn’t a right or wrong tie to do it, and there’s definitely not a right or wrong way to do it. Pray from the heart.
If you’re more of a visual person and need some suggestions, try ACTS.
I hope this helps you.