How to Pray as a Christian

In Christianity, prayer can be both a thanksgiving for God’s goodness and a cry for God’s help. Method and language matter less than openness and honesty, since prayer should be a conversation between you and God.

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You Will Need

  • Five minutes to yourself
  • An open mind and heart
  • Quiet and solitude (helpful, but not necessary) (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Ask God to be with you

    Start by asking God to be with you.

  2. Step 2

    Give thanks

    Recall those things for which you are most grateful.

  3. You may express thanks for your family and health or much smaller things, like the meal you just shared with a friend or the joy you felt at seeing the sun after a rainstorm.

  4. Step 3

    Replay events

    Replay the events of the day or past several days, almost like a movie, taking note of where you accepted Jesus’s invitation and where you didn't.

  5. A good time to pray is often at night, when things are usually calmer and you can look back on the day that’s just come to a close.

  6. Step 4

    Pray for others

    Think of other people you want to pray for.

  7. Step 5

    Pray for yourself

    Do not hesitate to pray for yourself by requesting help from Jesus.

  8. Step 6

    Ask for forgiveness

    Ask for forgiveness for your sins.

  9. Step 7

    Ask for the grace of God

    Ask for the grace of God to accompany you the next day.

  10. In a poll conducted by U.S. News and World Report and Beliefnet.com, 75.8 percent of Christians said they feel it helps when someone prays for them.

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