How to Pray
Question: How do I pray?
Answer: Praying is not as hard as you might think.
What is hard is to get into the habit of talking with God every day. Maybe you could start by picking a special time every day. Think about things for which you want to say “Thank you” or “I’m sorry” or “Please help me.” Then tell God those things. You don’t have to use fancy words . . . You can talk to God like you talk to your friend.
Question: Can I tell God anything?
Answer: You sure can!
There isn’t a thing you could say to him that would make him stop loving you. You can tell him when you’re sad or grumpy. You can thank him when everything's going your way. You can lean on him when you’re having a bad day. You can talk to him just like you would talk to a friend. But you know what? Your friends might let you down. They might not always listen. But God will always listen-and he’ll understand.
Question: How do I know God hears me?
Answer: God promises to listen!
God has promised in the Bible that he will listen to you. Look at Psalm 66: 17-19. And read John 16:23, where God promises to listen when you pray in Jesus’ name. Most important of all, the Holy Spirit lives in your heart. He helps you know for sure that God listens when you talk to him.
Question: Must I fold my hands and close my eyes when I pray?
Answer: That’s one way to do it.
Closing your eyes shows you don’t want anything to get in the way of talking with God. But it’s not the only way to pray. You can pray while on your knees or standing up. You can pray with something in your hands or while you’re hugging a friend. You can talk to God at any time because he’s always right there with you. And he wants you to be his friend.