I know some people who feel closer to God through canned prayers.
But only a few.
Most Christians I have met including me, feel closer to God through conversational prayer.
This means that you have an open dialogue… you talk about what is on your mind and on your heart… and God listens.
1 Peter 3:12 says: For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
“Righteous” refers to those who believe that Jesus is Lord.
If you believe Jesus is Lord, you are God’s child.
God listens to His children and wants them to do well.
But only He knows if the timing is right, if the request will have a net positive effect on The Kingdom, and if it is in your best interest… even if you truly believe it is.
So you pray.
By praying earnestly, you are seeking God’s wisdom, provision, and more.
You admit that you aren’t perfect.
You are trusting that He will provide the answer.
You are adoring Him by putting His wisdom over yours.
You are proving that you are grateful for Him by sacrificing your time for Him.
Here is HOW to pray…
Follow Jesus’s advice and pray the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.
But don’t feel like you have to recite it verbatim. If you memorize it and it draws you closer to Jesus, then by all means. But if you feel like you are going through the motions when you pray that prayer, it is probably because it is not coming from your heart.
So read Matthew 6:9-13, learn what Jesus meant, and then have a conversation with God. Let Him know your concerns, let Him know how amazing He is, confess your sins to Him, and thank Him for all of your blessings.
God bless you!