The three very simple ways that we should pray are—
Surrendering in Adoration
Through Acts of Service and Compassion
1. Surrendering in Adoration: When we talk about prayer, it's not just about presenting requests; it's about surrendering ourselves in adoration. As you immerse yourself in Jesus’s teachings, His sacrifice, and His boundless love, a sense of awe and reverence wells up within you. This isn't just an act of worship; it's a profound connection that transcends words. Imagine opening your heart and letting the words flow naturally. Pour out your gratitude, fears, and aspirations. Let your spirit soar as you express your deepest emotions. By humbling ourselves before His majesty, we create a space for His presence to envelop us. This act of surrender deepens our faith and nourishes our soul, drawing us closer to the divine. This simple surrender and adoration is how Jesus wanted us to pray; Matthew 6:7-13: ““And when you pray, do not use meaningless repetition…for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father, who is in heaven, / Hallowed be Your name. / ‘Your kingdom come, / Your will be done / On earth as it is in heaven. / ‘Give us this day our daily bread. / And forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors [letting go of both the wrong and the resentment]. / ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]’” (AMP).
2. Intimate Conversation: Imagine prayer as a heart-to-heart conversation, an intimate dialogue between you and Jesus. This is what He wants for you, as He says in Matthew 6:6: ““But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you”” (AMP). Just like sharing your thoughts with a close friend, this form of prayer involves speaking to Him openly and honestly. In this sacred moment, speak to Jesus as you would to a trusted companion. Share your hopes, worries, and dreams. Lay bare your emotions and thoughts, knowing that He listens with unconditional love. And then, in the quiet aftermath of your words, allow yourself to be still. Be attuned to the gentle nudges, the subtle insights that might emerge. It's in these moments of connection that you strengthen your bond with Him, creating a haven for authenticity and growth in your faith journey.
3. Through Acts of Service and Compassion: Prayer isn't confined to words; it extends to our actions and intentions. Engaging in acts of service and compassion is a tangible way of praying to Jesus. Just as He demonstrated love through His selfless actions, we can emulate His example by serving others with kindness and compassion. Consider volunteering at a local shelter, helping a neighbor in need, or supporting a charitable cause. As you do so, offer your actions as prayers to Jesus. Jesus Himself said that when you do these things for others, it is like you are doing them for Him: “The King [Jesus] will answer and say to them, ‘I assure you and most solemnly say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it for Me’” (Matthew 25:40). Every act of kindness is a way of expressing your love and devotion. This form of prayer transcends verbal communication, demonstrating your faith through your deeds.
In the tapestry of our spiritual journey, prayer to Jesus weaves a thread of profound connection, guiding us toward transformation. As we surrender in adoration, engage in conversations of intimacy, and enact acts of service and compassion, we tap into the divine source of love and guidance. These practices transcend words, inviting us to experience a deeper level of faith and closeness to Jesus. In our modern world, where distractions abound, these three transformative ways to pray stand as beacons of hope, reminding us of the eternal bond we share with Christ. Let us continue this journey, nurturing our souls and drawing closer to the heart of our Savior.
Dear Lord, as we conclude this exploration of prayer, we thank you for the gift of connection. May these practices guide us to deeper intimacy with you. Strengthen our hearts as we surrender, converse, and serve, allowing your love to shine through us. May our prayers be a testament to our faith and an expression of our love for you. Amen.
Matthew Karshna is a contributor for A Warrior’s Mission and a partner with the ACCBF. Matthew graduated from the University of Georgia in 2023 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and resides in North Carolina, where he is also a Community Engagement Director for a local martial arts school. “I am proud to produce content for an organization that is focused on the welfare of others!” ~Matthew