Do you feel far from God? Do you spend time with Him every day? Several times a day? Is He your go-to person for everything? Do you praise Him, ask Him, love Him, meditate on His words, listen for His answers? Somenone once said that how we feel is not as important as what we know. That is powerful. If you feel far from God, meditate on verses from the Bible. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Forgive people in your life who have hurt you. Mark 11:25 says,
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
4. Is there a "right" way to pray? Can't I just say whatever is on my mind?
I don't know as there is a "right" way to pray, but there is a "best" way. The Bible has a lot to say about prayer and there are many kinds of prayer. Praying is not just asking God for stuff. It's praising Him, casting out demons in His name, claiming His promises, praying scripture, praying in the Spirit, there's fasting and praying, praying for forgiveness, praying for needs to be met, praying for miracles, and so on. There is A LOT about prayer in the Bible. It's a big deal cuz it's our communication with the Creator of the Universe! Find and learn everything you can about prayer and your life will be transformed!
Yes, you can say whatever is on your mind. God is your heavenly Father and He soooo wants to hear from you! Tell Him about your day. He's your best friend. You don't have to say the "right words" to pray to God. Here's just a small example of that (I've told this story before):
My 3 year old daughter was being tucked in for the night and she prayed the same thing she always does, "Dear God, ganku a food, mommy daddy safe amen." Her daddy phoned the second she was done praying and asked if we had just prayed for him. He was driving in the dark, going 100k/hr and missed a huge moose by a few feet! I hadn't prayed some well thought out and eloquent prayer of protection over my husband. No, my 3 year old prayed, in not-so-good toddler talk, that God would keep her daddy safe. He heard her. He answered her :)
I could go on and on and on as there is soooo much to be said about this topic. I really hope I've made sense here and that prayer becomes a huge part of your life! Please feel free to share your prayer stories in the comments :) And if you need prayer, I'd love to pray for you! You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
1 Thessalonians 5:14-22
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.