The content of our prayer is more important than how we pray. Let me explain. When I was a teenager, I observed that the family who lived next door shouted and cried when they prayed. But their prayers didn’t seem to be any more effective than the quiet, conversational prayers of my father. Later I learned that many people known for the effectiveness of their prayers spoke softly and simply when they talked with God.
God hasn’t told us we can expect earthly prosperity or perfect physical health. But He has promised that He will never leave us (Matthew 28:20), that He will not allow us to be tempted beyond our endurance (1 Corinthians 10:13), and that He will work all things for our good (Romans 8:28-30). Claiming promises like these makes our prayers effective.
Yes, our prayers should come from our heart. But what we pray is far more important than how we say it. – Herbert Vander Lugt
We need not cry or agonize
For fear we won’t be heard;
The prayers that move the hand of God
Are those that claim His Word. – Sper
God’s promises are great prayer starters.
- January 20, 1993, Our Daily Bread