How many ways to pray?
Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Romans 8:26
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
In my journey as a Christian, I have struggled with what was the best way for God to hear me when I pray. I also wrestled with what position was best. I have learned many lessons in my discovery along the way. I learned first that God hears you no matter where or what. Even if you don’t open your mouth, He can search your heart because you are His and he knows His children. I decided to google just to see what the world wide web had to offer in the realm of how to pray and it was amazing; 28 different ways to pray, 3 ways to pray creatively, 6 ways to pray for your marriage, 31 prayers for your children, 3 wrong ways to pray and the list goes on! But my quest was not for how but for what position you should be in and then this was presented to me while on Facebook……
God never asked us to be in a certain position body wise when we prepare to speak with Him, He only asked us to be in a certain spiritual frame of mind and heart when we approach the throne. Kneeling has become the universal position of prayer because it is what is done when you come before royalty. We also know that when Jesus was in the garden at Gethsemane, he fell to his knees before His father and prayed. Different people in the bible approached the Father in different ways and their prayer was heard because they approached in the right frame of heart and mind. Some of these processes were even combined such as kneeling, hands up and bowing. No matter the position, the prayer and the relationship is what is the most important. Mark 11 reminds us to remember that whatever we ask for in prayer we are to believe it already received (v:24). Never be anxious (Phil 4:6) but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving approach the Father. Seeking God’s face continually (1 Chron 16:11) and knowing that the Lord is near to all those who call Him in truth (Ps 145:18) and we are to pray without ceasing (1Thes 5:17)
There are always different ways to pray. Some pray loudly while others pray to themselves knowing that their conversation is with God alone. Some pray with others and lean on their pastor and other congregational leaders for spiritual support. No matter how, we must know that God can handle whatever we bring before Him. He does not require a degree or a title to hear us effectively, He only requires your heart and your belief in Him.
There are times that you may feel that you are led to pray a certain way in order to humble yourself fully before the throne. But no matter where you are or how you are getting there, to call on the sweet name of Jesus will put you right where you need to be.