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What exactly is prayer?

Have you ever worried about praying the “right” way, or even wondered if prayer matters? Will God really listen when you cry out to Him? What if people judge you?

Those are good questions to think through, but…

Don’t let your questions keep you from confidently pursuing intimacy with God. In three practical posts, we’ve pulled together several tips and ideas, all selected to help you discover what prayer could look like in your life.

The Prayer That Can Change the Way You Read the Bible

For the word of God is alive and powerful. …

Hebrews 4:12

Whatever you’re facing right now, God’s Word has wisdom for you. In fact, like Hebrews 4:12 says, the Word of God is alive.

The words in the Bible that were written more than 2,000 years ago have something profound to say about our everyday struggles today.

If you follow Christ, Romans 8:11 says that you have access to the power of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit that rose Jesus from the dead. The same Holy Spirit that inspired Paul to write letters to churches around the world that now inspire us. The same Holy Spirit that spoke to King David as he wrote some of the Psalms.

How awesome is that? When you read the Bible, the Holy Spirit can speak to you — just as He did to the authors of the Scriptures! When you need wisdom from God’s Word, the Holy Spirit is ready to guide you. Where is the best place to start? Prayer.

Don’t let the idea of prayer intimidate you. Prayer simply means talking to God, and then listening to Him. Even Jesus prayed. And because Jesus said several times, “When you pray…,” we know that He expects us to pray, too.

The next time you open the Bible App to read (or listen to) God’s Word, take a moment to pray. If you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a good place to start:

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me a way to talk to You. As I read the Bible today, please send Your Holy Spirit to meet with me, and speak to me through Your Word. Amen.

Credit contant from YouVersion blog

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