The Right Prayer {Five Minute Friday}

The right prayer? It’s a matter of the heart…

Prayer. What is it? Yes, we know that it’s conversation with our Lord. But what is it, really? Does it need words? Can it have emotions? How should we do it, and what should we expect from it?

As I read this week’s FMF prompt, my first thought was, “How I’d love to sit down and talk to the Lord about it.” And then I realized that prayer is about doing just that.

So I said, Lord tell me what you think about prayer. How I should do it, and what you expect from it. And he reminded me that he did just that with The Lord’s Prayer. Saying “this then is how you should pray…”

Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.

Matthew 6: 9-13 NLT

So as I sat talking with the Lord it seemed he said, “There’s no right way to pray. What I want is for prayer to come from obedient children yearning to honor my Father. Who pray with grateful, forgiving hearts which overflow with mercy and grace. And who seek to serve me in purity of heart and action.

And it seemed I heard him say that he doesn’t really care whether we pray in silence, or with loud supplication. On our knees or standing. Multitudes of words or lack of them don’t count. It’s the pure and humble heart that he sees and listens to.

And to which our loving heavenly Father says, “I know your need. I hear your cry. And I already started answering even before you prayed.”

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Author: Signora Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. In Italy 30+ years. I'm glad you're here and hope you'll join my journey!

5 thoughts on “The Right Prayer {Five Minute Friday}”

  1. These words especially spoke to me: We’re to “pray with grateful, forgiving hearts which overflow with mercy and grace.” I’m thinking that prayers laced with those qualities of gratitude, forgiveness, mercy, and grace are the ones that will delight our Father, and he will delight to answer. We’d do well to keep those words in mind as we enter into prayer! Thank you, Sheila!

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    1. Thank you Nancy! Sorry to be so long in responding to your comment; I was down with a bad sinus infection. But yes, you’re right. If we could only manage to always keep our heart like that it would surely delight our Father. Closer to Jesus we must draw, that is the only way…

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  2. He longs to hear from us more than we ever want to talk to Him. He listens–always. Thanks for the reminder, my friend, Prayer is the only true way to dump the hard of our hearts and allow Him to take the burden from us.

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  3. I love the image of praying with open hands which translates for me into open hearts. My heart resonates with your comment about wordless prayer because it reminds me of the verse that says “we don’t know what to pray for as we should, so the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that we cannot even hear or speak.” Thank you for this post.

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