Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 & 3 Nephi 14:7-8
What do i pray for?
So long as it is good, you can pray for anything! The well being of your friends and family, to find a job, to pass exams, for health, wealth, safety, comfort, inspiration, direction, to find a partner, more intelligence, more love, to receive answers to questions you are unsure of.
The list really is endless. Prayer is also the perfect opportunity to express gratitude!
You can gain anything you need from prayer, and the best thing is its free and lines are open 24/7.
How do I pray?
If you have never prayed before, don't worry, today is a good day to start. Whether you believe in God or not, you can still pray. All world religions teach some form of prayer. I know many people who do not believe in God but sometimes when they have nowhere else to turn they resort to prayer. Prayer is available to everyone and is effective always.
1. Step one is to ADDRESS who are praying to. A Christian may say Dear god. A Muslim may call upon Allah. It's different for different people. For me, I have always used "Dear Heavenly Father". It is down to you though, whatever feels comfortable.
Before posting a letter, you would need to write a name and address first, otherwise the chances of your communication being received by that whom you intended it for, would be very slim. The same principle applies for prayer.
2. Step two is to THANK. Be grateful, list and thank for all the things which you have received already. If you do not feel you have anything, start off small. Look around you, your bed is a comfortable place to sleep; do you take that for granted? Not everyone has a warm bed to sleep in at night. Your mobile phone perhaps? Pretty handy, you can stay in touch with people who may be miles away. A book you have been reading, a friend who gave you good advice, a stranger who smiled, again the list is endless. What will happen is your eyes will suddenly be open to how much you do already have!
If someone had supplied you with many gifts, surely you would say thanks, before you asked for more? Of course you would, with this done and an attitude of gratitude in your heart you are ready to ask for more.
3. Step three is to ASK. Don't be shy! Ask for what you need. The universe is made of abundance. There is enough for everyone. Whatever it is you desire, it's out there already, waiting for you to make your claim. If its answers you need, there is someone who knows and is ready to supply the answer. If it's an opportunity, one will open up.
Pray on behalf of others and all the things they stand in need of too.
4. End the prayer. Some say amen. For me, I say "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen"
But again, I am not here to preach, it's your choice, just make sure you end the prayer in faith and a spirit of expectancy.
TIPS TO REMEMBER
Believe! Believe that your prayer is being heard and will be answered.
Pray every day! Morning and night. Pray as and when new situations arise.
Keep a prayer in your heart consistently.
If you get the urge, do It and do It Now! Trust your instincts, if you feel something prompting you to pray, just go with it, even you don't understand why at the time.
If you feel a resistance to pray, fight it! Do it anyway, you will feel glad you did.
As well as your prayers, practice autosuggestion. Autosuggestion is a form of informal prayer.
Meditate. Especially when seeking answers. Listen out for the answers. They will come, I assure you. Ponder the meaning of your answers.
Pray out loud
Pray in private. Let your inner most thoughts and feelings be known. Sometimes a solitary, quiet place outside or just your bedroom is fine.
If you are feeling sceptical, just try it what do you have to lose? I am confident, that you will discover that it works.
I know praying works. I have had it work many, many times, too often to number.
Good luck, Joey Bushnell :-)
Joey Bushnell - http://knowers-ark.com