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( Updated June 19, 2020)
So it is your turn to pray in your small group, or maybe even Bible study or church, and thoughts are racing through your mind on what you will say.
Am I Right?
Internally you’re screaming because you have little knowledge on how to pray as a beginner in a group setting, or maybe you’re nervous about praying with someone.
So you rehearse prayers you previously heard, calculating what you will say.
Judgment free zone because I did all the above, Haha!
Let me be the first to say. Praying as a beginner doesn’t have to be this gut wrecking thing.
I know it is overwhelming initially, so I will help you with the easiest way to pray out loud when you’re a new believer.
Trust me, your next time praying will be super easy here is How To Pray For Beginners- The best step by step.
I don’t want to assume that you’re familiar with why we pray, so let me give you a summary of why we pray.
Praying allows you to build a relationship with Jesus; it also helps to overcome temptation that attacks our lives every day.
Praying helps you to become a better person because you now have access to hear from God.
Super awesome, right?!
Praying is your 1:1 time with God, and through that alone time, God speaks out His will for your life. The list on why pray goes on and on, but here is an article that will give you more help if you’re struggling in that area.
I know your mind is racing everywhere, and you’re trying to find the correct words.
But in overthinking, you’re adding unnecessary stress on yourself to say the perfect prayer.
God isn’t looking for the perfect prayer!
God is looking for someone who wants to have a relationship with him! God is looking for someone who wants to talk to Him.
Remember, in your weakness, God’s strength is made secure!
2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.
So pray as a beginner with boldness in relying on God’s strength to carry you.
God isn’t looking for perfection, He’s looking for righteousness.
The Holy Spirit is our best friend.
Why is that, you ask?
Because He intercedes for us, giving us the right words to say when we do not know how to do things!
I love that. Don’t you?
Sometimes I do not know how /what to pray for, and the Holy Spirit places the words in my heart.
The easiest way to pray for beginners is to invite the Holy Spirit into the prayer.
You do so by just ASKING!
John 14:14 “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
Ask Jesus for the Holy Spirit to be welcomed into that moment of you praying out loud.
That moment of the Holy Spirit having access is so beautiful.
I remember the first time I prayed out loud in a corporate setting. I was so nervous because I didn’t want to stumble or embarrass myself.
So I called upon the name of the Lord to help me.
Talk about being filled confidently in Christ.
God’s perfect love for me canceled out my fear of praying out loud as a new believer.
So don’t feel overwhelmed; call on Jesus to help.
He’s our best friend!!! 🙂
Im not sure if you’re like me, but I struggle with being patient.
I know 🙁
Can you relate?
I didn’t give myself enough time to grow in Christ to gain familiarity with things.
So as you’re learning how to pray out loud, be patient, and grow with God.
This time as praying out loud is the perfect time to be authentic and transparent to God and others about how this may be your first time praying out loud.
Im sure they will embrace you with open arms and possibly give you pointers that could help with the process.
But, remember praying isn’t a competition, but it is your plea unto God about whatever you’re facing, and that’s what makes it beautiful.
Don’t you agree?
The easiest way to pray for beginners is to pray while looking to Jesus.
Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
Pray while looking to Jesus.
I know the faces in the audience may overwhelm to you, but you’re not praying to them. You’re praying to Jesus.
Shakes off all of your fear, all of your reservations on praying out loud.
And pray while keeping your eyes glued unto Him.
Keep in mind, the more you pray, the easier it will become. That gut wrecking feeling will seize, and you realize that prayer isn’t about fancy words but it is a heart posture unto God.
God is so thrilled that you’re looking to vocalized to Him in a public setting. Do not allow anyone to make you feel uncomfortable about where you’re in your journey.