The Bible tells us that we should pray all the time, but there are seasons in our lives that our prayers are intensified. Lent is one of those seasons. With everything else that we should be doing during this time, prayer is an important element to add in our list.
As you know prayer is a conversation with God. Through Christ and His works, we finally got access to the presence of God. In the book of Hebrews we read: “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16.”
Prayer is a very humbling exercise because we approach a merciful, gracious, but mighty and powerful God. So when we pray we do not exalt ourselves. We exalt and praise Him who created everything. Prayer is also a humbling experience because we do not demand, we supplicate, we beg. We are the ones in need. God is the One who can help us.
Even though we should keep an attitude of prayer all the time, we also should set a specific time to pray. It should be in a quiet place where we can focus on our fellowship with God without any distraction. He should have our undivided attention. Some people prefer early in the morning. Others like to pray in the middle of the day, and others prefer to do it before going to bed. It does not matter, as long as you have a quiet time with God.
If you still need some help on how to do it, my suggestion is to start praying the psalms. The book of the Psalms is right in the middle of your Bible. It is a collection of 150 songs written in many different circumstances and by different people. Some psalms reflect doubt, sadness, happiness, supplication, praise, and many other themes. I am sure you can find a psalm that reflects your situation, your needs, and aspirations.
Here are the main themes that you will find in the Psalms:
Lament Psalms – These are psalms that ask for God’s deliverance in moments of despair.
Thanksgiving Psalms – These psalms praise God for His gracious and merciful acts.
Enthronement Psalms – Also called Psalms of the Throne. They describe God’s sovereign rule, not only in our lives, but in the whole universe.
Pilgrimage Psalms – These are also called the Psalms of Ascent. They were sung by worshipers as they traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Jewish festivals.
Royal Psalms – These psalms portray the reign of the earthly king, as well as the heavenly King of Israel.
Wisdom Psalms – These psalms instruct the worshiper in the way of wisdom and righteousness.
Imprecatory Psalms – These psalms invoke God’s wrath and judgment against enemies.
As you can see there is a psalm for each situation of our life, and we can learn with them how to pray.
No matter how you do it, just do it. Prayer is an essential element in our Christian journey. How about starting or intensifying this spiritual discipline during this season?
Have a blessed week,