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Is there a correct way to pray…..?

In 2017 I remember a pastor surprising me by calling me up to pray in front of 200 people and poor 17-year-old me was shaking walking up to the front because I had no idea this was going to happen. I prayed and got really into it, it was a 5-minute prayer and when I finished I remember feeling accomplished because in my mind that was a “really good prayer”. 

When I think back to this moment the thought of a “good prayer” is what sticks with me, what even is a good prayer or are there even good prayers? 

 The truth is that prayer is a learned skill, nobody is born knowing how to pray. We see in Luke 11:1 the disciples say “Lord teach us to pray” and they ask this because they see how Jesus prays and they all wanted to learn from him. 

Who can pray? The answer is a resounding “EVERYONE”.
2 chronicles 7:14 “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and heal their land.”

Jesus taught us to pray
Matthew 6:9-13 “this is then how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” 

Pray about everything
Philippians 4:6-7 “don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Jesus Christ.”

Prayer needs to be taken back to its roots, these roots are Real people, having a real talk, with a real God. A good prayer has nothing to do with the words you use or how long you talk, a good prayer comes from anyone with the right heart toward prayer, using it as a vehicle to connect with God. God wants to connect with us and we should remember that prayer is not the destination, God is the destination, prayer is just the vehicle and it is a really good one. 

Pray about everything

Sincerely Pastor Clay