How to Pray

Prayer Hacks

  What Should I Say? 

Prayer is talking to God.  It doesn't have to be  filled with fancy words like Thee's or Thou's.  It doesn't have to be long and drawn out or even out loud. But it should be honest and heart felt.  You don't have to kneel or fold your hands or do anything  religious  looking. 

Tell God what is on your mind.  He cares deeply about  your thoughts and feelings. So talk to him about what bothers  you. Then thank him for the good things in your life like your friends, family and  the opportunity to get an education. If you need anything, ask him for it.  Then ask for the kind of things He might want for His Kingdom here on  earth. He is very interested in building this. The more you get to know Him, the better you'll understand what He wants.


But know that the Lord does wonders for his  faithful ones.  Jehovah will hear when I call to him. Stand before the  Lord in awe, and do not sin. Commune with your own heart upon your bed  and be still. 

Psalms 4:3-4 

What to Pray for?

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If the Bible says not to do something, we are NOT to pray for an exception to do what God said not to do.  If  the Bible says we need to do something, (like love our neighbor), we are to pray for the strength to do just that. 

 "Pray only as much as is in your heart, and do not stretch what you do pray beyond reality." Watchman Ne

Who to pray for? 

We are told to pray for "For kings and all that are in authority" (I Tim 2:2).   J. G McLure in his book Intercessory Prayer says:  Authority is widespread and diversified. Teachers have it." That's why we pray for the academic communities.  It is assumed that teachers always present truth.   But is this true on a secular campus?

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Free Speech on Campus

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Quoted from blog by  Taylor LaForest                              Posted on April 03, 2017.                   

"On my second day as an intern at Alliance Defending Freedom, I watched a video of a college student being arrested on her campus, along with two associates, for handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution.  I then realized I had been living in the dark regarding the state of free speech on college campuses nationwide.  These students in particular were arrested because of both the  school’s Speech Zone Policy and Solicitation Policy; they were not in a  free-speech zone, nor had they asked permission from the administration  prior to talking with their fellow students. Ironically, they were  arrested for distributing copies of the Constitution, the very document  that guarantees the students’ rights to be there expressing their ideas and points of view without permission."


When things get emotional or too political, people of good will need to communicate calmly and not be censored.  Students must learn to communicate as adults.

New attempts to rob students of free speech are ironically disguised as "Stop the Hate" campaigns.  A school's policy cannot take away your right to free speech.  It's time for academicians supposedly dedicated to diversity to practice what they preach.  Christians can have opinions too and it is NOT necessarily one of hate.

Go over your terminology. Ask what do you think I mean when I say "xxx"?   

True education and true diversity must allow everyone to speak their minds and pose reasonable questions. Liberal atheists are very vocal about what they believe, so why is that not hate of religious people?

"There  is a real threat to religious freedom on campuses,  funded by your tax  dollars of people trying to purge Christian influence and limit  religious freedom. ... You may remember: 

• Graduate student Julea Ward, who was expelled from her university’s  counseling program because her Christian convictions would not allow her  to affirm same-sex relationships. 

• College student Emily Brooker, whose professor ordered her to publicly  advocate for homosexual adoption by signing a letter to the legislature.  When she objected, she was brought before an ethics committee and  threatened with having her diploma withheld. 

• Dr. Mike Adams, who endured a campaign of academic persecution at the  hands of his faculty colleagues and was denied a promotion because of  his conservative and Christian views.

 • College student Jonathan Lopez, who was called a “fascist” by his  professor and was told to “ask God what [his] grade [is]” because he  quoted two Bible verses and shared the biblical view of marriage during a class speaking assignment."  See

Why Student Free Speech should matter to you

Thoughts on Prayer

 Great is the power of a good man's fervent prayer.  James 5:16 (TCNT)

At we pray for  prospective college students, college  students, faculty, prospective students, administrators, and ministry workers.

"As a painted fire is no fire, a dead man no man, so a cold prayer is no prayer." Brooks

 Overwhelmed? Tell God. Many people have cried out to God in a panic as a  last resort. Jonah and Hezekiah both were overwhelmed. Both struggled  with their situations and asked for help. God answered their cry. Will God answer you? 

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;  steadfastly maintaining the habit of prayer.  Romans 12:12

Case Studies in Prayer


Case Study 1: A  depressed Jonah has run away from God's call and tries to kill himself  by throwing himself overboard.  God intervened and Jonah ends up as a giant sea beast's lunch. I never really thought about it before- but that must have been terrifying thinking he was going to rot away in a creature's stomach underwater. Jonah prays: "When my soul was overwhelmed within me, I remembered the LORD: and my prayer reached you in your holy temple."  

God's  response: And now at the Lord's bidding, the sea beast cast forth Jonah  high and dry on the beach. The moral of the story: don't run away from  what God wants to do with your life. Jonah 2:7-10

Case Study 2: The prophet Isaiah informs Hezekiah that he has a terminal illness and Hezekiah reacts in despair.

 Hezekiah's prayer:  "I beseech you O LORD, remember now how I have  walked before you with a perfect heart, and have done that which was  good in your sight". and Hezekiah wept sore. 

God's  response: The LORD tells Isaiah to tell Hezekiah: "Thus says Jehovah,  The God of David your father, I have listened to your prayer, I have  seen your tears. Behold me! I will heal you: on the third day you shall  go up to the Temple of Yahweh. And I will add 15 more years to your  life."  II Kings 20:1-5


 And when you pray, you are not to behave as the play actors do, for they  love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the  streets, that they may be seen of men. Believe me, they have their reward.

But when one of  you prays, go into a room by yourself, and when you have shut the door,  pray to your Father privately and your Father who sees in secret, shall  reward you openly. But when you pray,  you must not keep on repeating  set phrases as the heathen do: for they think they will be heard in  accordance with the length of their prayers.  Do not copy them for your  Father knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him. Matt 6:4-8  

Keep on praying for us for we are persuaded that we have an honorable conscience here in all things willing to live honestly.  Heb 13:18 

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation;  steadfastly maintaining the habit of prayer.  Romans 12:12

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Let this be how you pray: Our Heavenly Father may  your name be honored. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it  is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our  debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but  deliver us from evil: for thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the  glory, for ever. Amen. Matt 6:9-13