Learning to pray

By: Waylon Bailey ~

Jesus disciples asked Him to teach them to pray as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. It seems that prayer – – and learning to pray – – is a universal need. The disciples wanted a meaningful and effective prayer life. They saw in others that kind of experience with God and wanted it for themselves. Most Christians I know want to have that kind of deep and meaningful prayer relationship with God.

I want to give you some beginning points of having an effective prayer life.


First, determine to spend some time every day with God. I suggest setting a time during the day that will become your prayer time. I also suggest having a place where you pray. Doing so will be a reminder of your need to pray.

Remember that some of the greatest people of the Old Testament and saints through the ages have had regular appointments with God. Daniel prayed at morning, noon, and night.

To get started in praying and spending time with God daily, set your alarm or determine a time to spend with God in prayer.

Second, tell God what you want to happen.For example, if you, like the disciples of Jesus, want a deep and meaningful prayer life, tell Jesus what you want.

A.W. Tozer famously said “you can have as much of God as you want to have.” He meant that God is open and ready to bless you and your relationship with Him. Therefore, tell God that you want that deep and meaningful relationship. He will grant you that prayer.

Third, don’t worry about how long you pray; think instead about yielding yourself to God. Long prayers are not necessarily better prayers. Begin by sincerely offering yourself to God and letting Him know that you want to know Him better.

Fourth, incorporate Scripture into your prayer time. I suggest praying Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”

By praying that psalm you know you’re praying in God’s will and you are also praying for life change, that everything you say and everything you think would please God.

Do these things and you can grow in your daily time with God.