Daily walk with Jesus: Overcoming a spirit of fear - Part 2
This is what we should also do. Pray for others and not just for ourselves. Let us intercede fo the physical, spiritual needs of others.
One thing that i sometimes notice when others pray is that they tend to use words that are excessively repeated. This is more prevalent in early teens where they often copy and use phrases that are in someone's prayer. An example would be to use "Heavenly Father" after a phrase. Like they would say the phrase a couple of times in a single sentence. Now, saying "Heavenly Father" is not wrong, its good as we are acknowledging God as our father but always saying it to the extent that it has lost its meaning is not good. We should say those things because we mean it and not just to add some spice to our prayer or because we always hear it in other's prayers. And if we do that, it's just like talking to a friend in front of you and always saying his/her name a couple of times before you even finish a single sentence.
When we pray, we should be more specific of what we are praying, may it be a supplication, thanksgiving or forgiveness. We are talking to a living God here. He wants to hear what we have to say. Don't generalize when we pray. He wants us to open our hearts to Him and that includes talking openly to Him.
Praying is an integral part of being a christian. Let us make it a wonderful experience by removing those undesirable habits.