For Understanding Prayer - Called to Pray

For Understanding Prayer

SIMPLY PUT, PRAYER IS A TWO-WAY CONVERSATION between you and God. It’s an all-purpose connection to a Father who yearns for a relationship with you. The Lord said, “Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you . . . unfailing love” (Isaiah 55:3).

You’ll find 222 prayers in the King James Bible. The mere volume can seem quite daunting. But if anything, let the vastness inspire you to make your prayer talks more personal, more creative, more whatever you need them to be.

Jesus prayed early in the morning, while it was still dark; the psalmists prayed through songs and poetry; and Hannah prayed silently—through the hidden petitions of her heart.

In your conversations with God, you’ll find friendship, a warrior’s battlefield, and complete serenity. The Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things” (Jeremiah 33:3, NIV).


You will pray to him, and he will hear you.

Job 22:27


The Lord is my all-purpose friend.


Dear Lord,

Open the windows of heaven, so you may always hear my voice. Walk and talk with me—as you did with Adam—in the coolness of the day. Tell me that you’re listening, my ever-faithful God.

Open my ears to your instruction; help me know it’s you I hear. Take my hand, dear heavenly Father, and guide me into a stronger relationship with you.

In Jesus’ name, amen.


“Prayer is a two-way conversation.”

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Called to Pray
By Marsha DuCille

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