Portia's Prayer Time -Ways To Pray
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
Portia's Prayer Time
When we pray, we are talking to God, our Father. I was taught to talk freely and openly as if I were talking to my dearest friend, face to face. Actually, that is prayer. Don't complicate it. Scripture tells us to come boldly, with confidence, to our Father and talk to Him and listen for His response.
You don't need a formula but sometimes you may need a little help in how to approach your prayer time. You may need help in how to pray and for what to pray. In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus taught His disciples to pray what we call The Lord's Prayer. As His disciple, you should still learn that prayer today.
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
I would also like to suggest another prayer method that helps me pray for everyone. It was developed by Cardinal Bergoglio before he became Pope Francis. Yes, he is the Pontiff of the Roman Catholic church, but it is not a prayer just for Catholics. You may find it helpful. When you place your hands together for praying, your thumbs are closest to you. So, we will pray thinking of each finger as we do so. Ready to try?
The thumb is closest to you, so pray for those closest to you. You may be the only one covering your family and friends in daily prayer (Phil.1:3-5).
The index or pointer reminds you to pray for those who point the way- preachers and teachers (1Thess. 5:25).
The tallest finger suggests that you pray for all leaders, those in authority or supervisory positions. They need godly wisdom to lead and make the best decisions for all (1 Tim. 2:1-2).
The ring finger is claimed as the weakest finger so pray that God will meet the needs of the weak, suffering, troubled, and homeless (James 5:13-16).
The little finger or pinkie reminds you to pray for yourself. You are so little but your God is Almighty and able and willing to supply all your needs (Phil. 4:6, 19).