The Lord loves diversity!
he made us all so different and gave us different ways of viewing life. And because he made us all different, he has the wonderful ability to understand all of us when we pray with all our different needs. Some people pray with a prayer list of names and requests; some pray silently, and others shout and declare. There are as many ways to pray as there are people on the earth. To try to press people into one prayer model is unwise.
Other than the Lord’s Prayer, the Bible does not give us a preferred model of prayer. Rather, we find dozens of prayer models in the pages of Scripture. There are a hundred different ways that you come to God in prayer through the name and person of Jesus Christ. And there are many types of prayer in the Bible.
Try starting your encounter with God in prayer with extended seasons of praise. It’s fine to be loud and rowdy, or you may choose to simply be quiet and reflective. Whatever your preferred method, it’s time to praise the Lord! We have to learn the secret power of praise; it is the way into the realm of glory.
Keep God busy answering your prayers. He won’t mind. Let him know what you need and be a holy reminder to the Lord. The more you ask, the more you’ll receive. So keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking, and the door of answered prayer will be opened for you (Matthew 7:7–11). Go ahead and run into God’s presence.
As you pour out your heart to the Father, I promise you that your devotion will only grow stronger, and your heart will come alive! Make sweet resolutions to love, follow, and obey Christ as you yield your spirit to him. He will fill you with his presence.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.