What is your prayer life like? Do you ever wonder if you are praying properly? As we continue to look at Jonah’s prayer in Jonah 2:5-6, we learn some more lessons today about how to pray, and how not to pray.
In my own prayer life, I find it helpful to pray the prayers of Scripture. I sometimes pray the prayer of Daniel in in Daniel 9. Or the prayer of Jesus in Matthew 6. Or any of the numerous prayers of Paul found throughout his letters, such as the one at the end of Ephesians 3. I especially find it helpful to pray the Psalms. There is a Psalm for every emotion.
If you do something like this, the one prayer in the Bible I encourage to never pray is the prayer of Jonah in Jonah 2. It may be the worst prayer in the Bible.
That is what we are going to begin seeing today as we look at Jonah 2:1.
Many of us talk out loud to God or we pray silently and then thoughts come into mind. Are such thoughts from the mind of God? Well, there is some bad news and some good news. This guest post by Mike Edwards explains more.
Have you ever heard people say Father God over and over when praying? I imagine God does not mind as much as I do … but please, when you pray, learn to talk to God like you talk to anyone else. You do not need fancy words, fancy language, or lots of repetition. And God definitely doesn’t need to reminded of who we are talking to.
Everybody wants God to show up and prove He exists once and for all. But instead, God seems to hide from us. But there is a good reason that God hides. The reason is because He loves us and wants us to love Him in return. This post explains more.