KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | October 2016

How to Pray

By Wilona Karimabadi

If you’ve ever been a little intimidated about praying and starting your own prayer practice, don’t be. Regular prayer is how you talk to your Best Friend, Jesus. But what you may not realize is that even if you have been taught to pray a certain way, you can still talk to Jesus in many ways no matter where you are, and that is still a form of praying. If you want to get to know your Best Friend better and receive more of His guidance and love, it’s so important to spend time talking to Him. Here are a few ways to do that.

Start with Jesus. 

Make that the first thing you do when you open your eyes in the morning. You can get up and kneel, sit up in your bed and bow your head, or sometimes even lie there and talk to Him. Just talk. Thank Him for your good night’s sleep and your warm cozy bed. Thank Him for the new day ahead. Then ask Him to help you with whatever you need that day—a test, a problem with a friend, a difficult assignment, etc. Then thank Him again for hearing you and caring, and ask that your connection together is strong that day.

 

Pray and Walk

If you like going for walks, or even if you just stroll around your backyard, turn your mind to Jesus and talk again. Thank Him, ask Him, and praise Him for being there for you always. You clearly don’t have to close your eyes when you do this, because that could cause problems when you are walking, but your mind and your heart and can be totally tuned into Him as you walk and talk.

 

Write your prayers. 

Sometimes it’s hard for some of us to express ourselves out loud through a prayer or even to think it through while you pray silently. Get a little journal and date it for that day and write out a prayer. Remember that this is your Best Friend you are talking to, and He loves you. Don’t be nervous or think you have to follow a formula. Write out your thoughts—your hopes, fears, desires, and victories. Then you can ask Jesus to take these words as you have written them and do His will. Believe me, He hears and reads! As your prayers get answered, it’s incredible to go back and note what happened with a specific prayer you wrote. Keep this as a record of Jesus’ faithfulness to you!

 

What are your thoughts on starting a good prayer habit? We’d love to hear from you!