Have you ever been at a loss for words when in a prayer group or ministry time and felt intimidated by those around you, especially the way they prayed and spoke over someone? My idea was, they prayed everything and so well and so eloquently, I possibly could not add to it. So therefore, I would not pray.
The Bible says some of the Apostles were unlearned men. But, they were with Jesus and spent time with him and learned to speak like Jesus.
Acts 4:13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
Imagine speaking like Jesus! Do you think this is available for us today? I do.
So how did I learn to pray and not feel ashamed about saying what was on my heart?
Here are five steps that I learned along the way that can be of some benefit to you.
a) I listened to the way others prayed. I paid attention to their prayers and the words they used. I was especially impressed with how they were able to incorporate scripture when praying over someone.
b) Learn to hear the voice of God. There are many wonderful books on how to hear the voice of God. Just to mention a few authors: Shawn Bolz, Mark Virkler. Don´t just read the books, apply the principles taught in them. When you do, you will be pleasantly surprised.
c) Spend time in prayer and meditation of the word. God invented meditation, and it is something we are to do. It is simply repeating the scripture over and over. Writing down the verse will help you memorize it, and chew on each word.
d) Journal. Where would I be without my journal, I write everything down. In my prayer times, I express my gratitude, my love, my frustrations and prayer request. While journaling, don´t forget to listen and write down what you hear God saying back to you. Develop two-way communication. It is available to you and within reach.
e) Practice, step out in faith. There comes a time where you have to take the plunge and step out in faith. You will be surprised as you yield to the Holy Spirit, He will guide and lead you. Don´t worry if you make a few mistakes, we all have to start somewhere. The idea is to get going, and before you know it, your will have a flavored prayer life.
Start praying those awesome prayers inside of you. As you do, the receiver is blessed, and so are you.
What other ways have you learned about developing a prayer life? I would love to hear about in the comments.