Prayer is just communication with God.
Sometimes we may not even have the words to speak but when we earnestly seek to communicate with Him, the Holy Spirit will be the one to do the praying for us, interceding on our behalf!
Rom 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
But knowing ways in which the Bible teaches us to pray helps us to get the most out of prayer.
Here are the principles that Jesus taught in Matthew 6:
v6: privately, into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
v7 no babbling meaningless words that one is not sincerely saying to God.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven, (speaks of a personal relationship with God with “Our” and “Father”)
hallowed be your name (praising God)
10 your kingdom come (a desire for God’s kingdom and authority. Kingdom refers to “a realm associated with or regarded as being under the control of a particular person; therefore, praying God’s kingdom to come is welcoming His being in control)
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (openness to surrender to His will and His righteousness be done here on earth; an implicit faith that God’s will is the best)
11 Give us today our daily bread (asking for provision, just day by day, not for fifty years, reflecting a trust that God will be faithful everyday)
12 And forgive us our debts (confession, admission of falling short of God’s standards of holiness)
as we also have forgiven our debtors (acknowledging that only when we forgive others are we ourselves forgiven, a commitment to forgive just as He forgives us continually)
13 And lead us not into temptation (protection from our fleshly carnal sin-prone nature)
but deliver us from the evil one (protection and rescue from Satan’s schemes and attacks)