I have mentioned it a few times now, prayer. Ephesians 6:18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tell us to pray about everything, all the time, in all situations (heck, Jonah prayed while inside a fish!). It doesn’t matter that you don’t have all the fancy lingo, or that you don’t pray in a specific format; there are no rules! Just pray.
Jesus did give us some guidelines for our prayer in Mathew 6:5-13. These are not rules about how and what to pray but rather he is showing us what the true purpose of prayer is. He says not to pray to be seen by men (6:5). The purpose of prayer is not to prove that you are a christian or to exalt yourself as a prayerful man. Prayer is to talk to God. To worship God. To thank God for all that he has done for you and to ask for guidance and help in your life. Jesus tell us to pray in secret (6:6) so that it is just between you and God, your family and God, or a body of worshippers and God. Prayer is not to be a public spectacle.
And don’t think that a prayer has to be drawn out and long to be good – no babbling! (6:7) The best prayer is the one that is from the heart. It could be as simple as “Thank you God!”. I often get caught in the thought that what I have to say to God is not important enough to bother him with. Wrong! God wants to hear our prayers. Jesus died so that we would be able to have that direct line of communication with God. If you don’t know what to pray just start talking to God. Remember, this whole christian “thing” is about a relationship with God. When you are in a relationship with someone you talk to them right?
Pray with your families. Husbands, pray with your wives. One of the best ways to ensure a lasting and strong marriage is to pray together. Fathers, pray with your kids. What better way to show them that God is an integral part of your family’s life than to pray all the time and about all things.
Men of God are the spiritual leaders of the family. Lead in prayer!