Jesus Christ went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days and nights in preparation for what was to come. I was not there, but I am sure there were many times when Jesus would have prayed. In my opinion it is impossible to call oneself a Christian and not pray in the name of Christ. Many people pray in their own way, but when we pray we all pray to a higher power. For me that power comes from my Heavenly Father through his Son and my Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Although, over time, many people have been taught to pray in a number of different ways and it is not for me to say how someone else should pray, but Jesus Christ taught us the following:-
This can be found in Matthew 6:5-13
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret there; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
After this manner therefore pray ye: 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, forever. Amen
Children are never too young to learn to pray. I have seen my daughter sit my granddaughter on her knee and put her hands together while she says prayer. Then one day whilst I was with them I said to my granddaughter it’s time for prayer, she stopped what she was doing, put her hands together and said a prayer. I have no idea what the words were that she said, but I do know that a prayer was heard and understood by a Heavenly Father that loves her. And just so you know she’s only 14 months old.
At church I am teaching my class of six or seven year old children to pause before they begin to pray. That it is OK to keep their eyes open until everyone else is ready and wait until they are ready before they begin. It is in these pauses that Our Heavenly Father speaks to our heart’s and our spirits, but if we do not take the time to pray and to pause, how will we know what it is at a heavenly father us?
I cannot show you how to pray. I cannot tell you what it feels like to know you have been heard. I cannot tell you what it means to have a prayer answered, because although Jesus Christ has given us an outline of how to pray it is up to is to fill in the blanks. Because only we know what it is that we need to share with our heavenly father in prayer. Although there are times when we will know that a prayer with or on the behalf of someone else is the right thing to do, but only we can know this.
If you are wondering if you Heavenly Father is truly that there then all I can say is pray.