Prayer is essentially a dialogue that can be expressed in various ways.

Read Mathew 6:5-7:
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”

• Prayer is intimate communion between you and God.
• Prayer is simple and sincere conversation with God.


Prayer includes adoration. In Matthew 6:9 Jesus teaches that our prayers should include, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” What this means is “May who You are be lifted up!”

Prayer includes gratefulness. Ephesians 5:20 reminds us to be “giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father”.

Prayer includes confession.  1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” It is important that you confess your sins to God daily. Be specific in your confession!

Prayer includes intercession.  1 Timothy 2:1 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.”

Prayer includes petition.  Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your
requests to God.”


Pray in the name of Jesus.  Jesus says in John 14:13, “And I [God] will do whatever you ask in my name”.  Jesus is your way to the Father’s ear!

Pray according to the will of God.  1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us.”  Do not ask God for something you know is wrong!

Pray with confidence.  Matthew 21:22 (NIV) says, “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Pray without bitterness. Matthew 6:14 (NIV) says, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you,  your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”


As you reflect on this lesson, make a list of all the things that God has impressed on you that you should pray for today!
Talk with God right now.


  1. hallowed, 2. thanks, 3. confess, 4. petitions, prayers, intercession, 5. petition, 6. requests, 7. ask in my name, 8. anything, 9. will, 10. believe, 11. receive, 12. forgive, 13. against, 14. forgive