Simple Suggestions for Effective Praying

 Jesus taught us the importance of prayer. He said, " Men ought always to pray and not to faint." (Luke 18:1) Inorder to help the disciples in praying effectively he laid down some simple suggrstions. In Matthew 6:6 he gave us five directions for meaningful praying - here they are:

  1) Have a Period for Prayer (When thou prayest) Find the time best for you whether morning, noon or night. When you are freshest and most awake.

 2) Have a place for Prayer (Enter into thy closet) It may be your bedroom, your den, your office or the altar of the church. Find a place and use it frequently!

 3) Have a Privacy in Prayer (When thou hast shut the door) Get away from distractions, focus your attentions on God and don't let anything interfere.

 4) Direct your Prayer to a person (Pray to thy Father) Our prayers ahould focus on God the Father who will meet every need!

 5) Rest on His promise for the answer (Thy Father shall reward thee openly) His promise are as good as money in the bank. His resources are beyond our need. He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think!

Rev. W. Scott Lockard
©2003 Pastor Lockard's Living on the Bright side Ministries