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356 - How to pray

Sunday School Activity Sheet: 356 - How to pray

tags: how to pray, pray, prayer, dog, praying, james, James 5

handout id: 3939
short name: 356 - How to pray

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Some people pray really hard, with their eyes tightly shut, and their heads bowed. They speak like they are in pain, and they sound terrific!

Other people pray like they are talking to someone they know and trust. They don't beg. They don't plead. They simply tell the Lord what they want and leave the matter with Him.

Both ways of praying are OK, but there is a possibility that some Christians don't pray very much because they think prayer is a lot of hard work! In some situations prayer takes a lot of effort, but in day to day living it is just a time of one-way conversation with God. We speak to Him with respect, but we don't need to pretend, or make a big thing of it. God knows whether we are sincere or not.

We can pray standing up, or sitting, kneeling or walking. We can pray in the bath, up a tree, down a hole, or on a surf board. There is no 'right' way to pray. The main thing is, if you are going to talk to God, mean it.

The Bible says: "The effectual fervent (sincere, earnest) prayer of a righteous man (person) avails much (Does great things)" James 5:16 (King James Version plus.)
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