Matthew 6:5 Likewise, when you pray, do not be as hypocrites who love to pray loudly at synagogue or on street corners—their concern is to be seen by men. They have already earned their reward. 6 When you pray, go into a private room, close the door, and pray unseen to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not go on and on, excessively and strangely like the outsiders; they think their verbosity will let them be heard by their deities. 8 Do not be like them. Your prayers need not be labored or lengthy or grandiose—for your Father knows what you need before you ever ask Him.(Voice)
Lots of us often have trouble putting into words what we want to say to God in our prayer times. It helps me to think of it as a conversation that a small child would have with their parents. I can tell Him anything that is on my heart in any respectful words that I choose and He will listen patiently. He desires that time of fellowship with us. He already knows what we want to ask and He already knows His answer. The purpose of the prayer is to let us know what He already knows. How does He do that, if I just put my list of “wants/needs” before Him and go my way. It has been said that the 15 minutes after a prayer time with God is the most important time there is. Remember this is a conversation and God has something to say to you. He doesn’t need to think about it over night, He already has the answer. Live God’s Holy Spirit time and He will teach you and lead you to the answer God has for you. Treat God with deep respect and always remember that whatever His answer, it is the best for you, even though at the time, it may not seem that way. God is always faithful and has never broken a promise. In Romans 8, we are told that even when we don’t know the right words, Gods’ Spirit will pray for us with groanings that we don’t understand. But because God’s Spirit and God are One, He understands it perfectly. Lean on Jesus and know that He will never leave you nor forsake you.