Denny answers:There is not one special way, but we should pray with respect and love.
We should not pray in any old way, but neither should we pray exactly the same way every time. We should pray with respect and sincerity. Show God respect by remembering He is God, not a person. When we pray, we shouldn't be silly or joke. Talk to Him like we're talking to someone we care about and who is really listening.
Show God sincerity by telling Him the truth. We cannot hide our sins (bad things we do) from God; He sees and knows everything! He wants us to confess our sins and ask Him for the strength to obey. Don't try to use fancy words; just use regular words. God understands when we pray without speaking aloud, but sometimes we concentrate better when we talk out loud.
Praying with a group of people is good, such as before eating a meal. But God also wants each of us to pray on our own, in private. Make a habit to pray alone every day, perhaps when first waking up or before going to bed. We can also talk to God anywhere, while riding bikes, riding in the car, or cleaning our rooms.
It's important that we pray to the true and living God. He created the world and sent Jesus to die on the cross for sinners. People who pray to a different God aren't praying to a real God at all. Only the God of the Bible is real. How amazing that God wants us to talk to Him in prayer!
Go back to:
- "The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin" (Psalm 51:17, NCV).
- "Pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- Jesus said, "When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray so people will see them. I tell you the truth, they already have their full reward. When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you. And when you pray, don't be like those people who don't know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him" (Matthew 6:5-13, NCV).