The Bible gives instruction to pray, how to pray, and why we should pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” which reminds us to always be in an attitude of prayer. Whatever we’re doing and wherever we are, there should be no time when we are void of the assurance of the presence of God with us and in us.
When you pray, it is important to pray what God says about your specific situation. “…the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword,” (Hebrews 4:12). The spoken Word of God will produce power and life because that is the very nature of God.
When we speak God’s Word to Him, and to situations, we release God’s authority to accomplish blessing and change. God can rearrange circumstances, open hearts, and move mountains. Prayer is not a way to manipulate people or circumstances. Rather, when we pray, we can throw our cares and concerns on Him, trusting His goodness.
The Bible tells us in 1 John 5:14-15 that if God hears us, then He will answer us, and that He hears us when we pray according to His will. The way to pray according to His will is to find a scripture in the Bible for your situation, and pray that verse to God (see 2 Corinthians 1:20). In this way, you can be confident that God hears you and will answer your prayers according to His purpose and plan.