What to Say When You Don’t Know How to Pray

If you want to have a powerful prayer life, go straight to God’s word. I have seen the most breakthroughs when I do this method of prayer. When I return to God’s word, my heart calms, my fears dissipate, and my faith grows.

You can’t go wrong praying scripture back to God! And you never run out of words!

Just a short note on contemplative prayer: You will not find this method in the Bible. I would not practice it since it asks you to empty yourself; it can be a doorway to other things.

Many other prayer methods are good ways to connect with God. Go with what already works.

What tips do you have to suggest on how to have a powerful prayer life? Comment below!

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  1. I meditate daily and even though I don’t follow a specific religion, I do feel it is a type of prayer to the Universe around me.

    • Hi, Mandy. I pray that you encounter the God of the universe. He loves you and has a beautiful plan for your life. Thanks for your comment!

  2. Thank you for this inspirational article. I have a tense relationship with God but want to do better. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to praying before, and this article is eye-opening for me.

    • I am so glad that you are thinking twice about God. While you may feel a tense feeling toward Him, He loves you. And He is knocking at your heart’s door to talk to Him. Prayer is nothing more than talking to God. You can do it anywhere, anythime.

  3. These are fantastic ideas. And ways that I wouldn’t think to pray. Thank you for sharing this post!

    • We forget that God is accessible anytime. We don’t have to be in a church, with a priest, or on our knees to talk to Him. He loves us and wants a relationship with us all day. We can come to Him in worship, thanksgiving, praise, reading, etc. These avenues help us to know Him better.

  4. I’ve never really stopped to think about all the different ways of praying. There are so many ways that are not immediately obvious. Thanks for sharing!

    • I am glad you read over some of the different ways to pray effectively. We are in a spiritual battle every day. Good and evil are at our door. Only the God of the universe can help us fight like a warrior.

  5. Love this!! I usually write in my daily journal prayers, but I love the idea of having a prayer journal just for that!

    • I love having a prayer journal. It is a way to remind us of what God has done in the past when we look back and see how He has answered. So awesome you journal!

  6. This article is priceless! So many fail to pray because they don’t know how or where to start. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • I think we forget prayer is one of our greatest weapons. It’s just talking to God and acknowledging His power is great than anything else. The world has made us believe that this does no good, yet you see even Hollywood acting in very spiritual ways. Mostly not in good ways, but they know there is a spiritual battle. Keep Praying!

  7. Prayer is so important. I cannot go a day or minute without praying to the Lord. I enjoy learning new ways to pray effectively. Thank you so much for this list.

    • Tiffany, I am so glad you are a prayer warrior. I can’t understand how people go through the day without praying. We are made to commune with our maker. So glad you pray!

  8. What a refreshing read! It was a beautiful reminder to myself that my prayer life is more than just in the secret place, but it can be throughout my day while taking care of my family. Thank you!

    • I am so glad that you now realize you don’t have to make it a one time thing. You can commune with God all day long.

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