One of the most powerful tools we have as Christians is prayer. Though we have an all-knowing God who already can see what is in our hearts, prayer is necessary in developing our relationship with Him. Prayer is simply a conversation with our Creator. It is a time to give thanks and praise, to ask for healing of a family member or to just talk about your life’s journey with the One who set your path. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

Prayer is not a demand, nor is it a guarantee against suffering. God may not give you a direct answer or respond in a clear way. That answer may also be no. Jesus said that prayer is not for public display as the hypocrites do for the benefit of other men.(Matthew 6:6) You can pray in your car on the way to work or in the shower after a workout. Prayer is not just for the clergymen, it is for everyone’s benefit to pray, so there is no reason why we shouldn’t. “When you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:7-8)

Group prayer is also very important, especially family prayer. When people come together to pray for healing, there is nothing more powerful. This is common during worship service, but it is not limited to just Church. Family prayer is a great way to grow as a Christian family and in the love shared for God. Pray before eating a meal, and before bedtime. Discuss a verse of the Bible as a family and then pray together for understanding. There is no limit to when, where and how we pray. There is no set standard or specific thing we need to say when we pray. But if you’re at a loss for words, Jesus said:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:9-13)