What should a Christian say during prayer? these are some contributions of two men of God which i think should help you in your prayer life.
Answer by: Godwin Goziem Jireh, Christian theologian and Bible School operator for more than 2 decades.
will recommend these three things:
1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer will help you know what to say during prayer. It is a model prayer given to Christians by the Lord Jesus. So learn to memorize the words of this short and straight prayer recorded in Matthew 6:9-15 and do prayerfully appropriate the following:
- establish the relationship: “Our Father in heaven”
- acknowledge God’s holy nature: “Hallowed be your name”
- feel God’s presence and greatness: “Your kingdom come”
- trust God’s will and power: “Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
- expect God’s providence: “Give us this day our daily bread”
- give and ask for forgiveness: “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”
- expect God’s guidance and protection: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”
- praise God heartily [doxology]: [“For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”]
2. Pray using the ACTS acrostic.
Here is a popular acrostic that you may use in orienting yourself in prayer and giving yourself a simple plan to follow:
A – Adore or worship God for who He is
C – Confess your sins/shortcomings before God
T – Thank God and give Him praise for all things
S – Supplicate and make all your requests known to God.
3. Pray in the Spirit.
As a Christian, you are not only expected to live by the Spirit and walk by the Spirit, but also to pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20). In 1 Corinthians 14 the Apostle Paul says, “For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit.” (v. 2) He goes on to say, “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful.” (v. 14) Further, this great Apostle of the Christian faith reveals:
What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. (1 Corinthians 14:15)
Another Answer by : Brian E. Oliver, Devout Evangelical Christian with a Deep Love for God’s Love.
For me, prayer is a time for being in relationship with God. Part of this, for me, involves me thanking God for all He has done. Another part of prayer involves bringing your requests to God, but not in a way where you are “demanding” God to answer them or are “expecting” God to answer them in a certain way, because that’s not how God works.
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
The above Biblical passage is about Jesus’ prayer when He is with His disciples at Gethsemane. Jesus’ crucifixion and death was going to take place in a very short time and He really does not want it happen (for a fuller understanding of why Jesus did not want to go through the crucifixion, it was because the death would involve horrible suffering while He was completely separated from God). Jesus really does not want this to happen and He prays for God to take the cup away from Him. But He then says “Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Your prayer can be like this, where you ask God to help you in a certain way, but then say, “But Your will be done.” What I have found is that when I pray like this, God helps me endure what I face, even if He does not always answer as I had hoped.