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Want to try talking to God? Here are three easy ways to start…

1. Pray the prayer that Jesus taught

The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most famous prayers in the world. It’s a short and simple prayer that Jesus taught his closest friends, and it is still prayed by Christians around the world today. Read His words and make them your prayer…

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
    as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
    Yes. Yes. Yes.*

Try praying The Lord’s Prayer again and this time put each sentence into your own words adding what you want to say to God today?

2. Write a message to God

What do you want to say to God today? Get some paper and a pen or open the notes on your phone. Write to God like you’re messaging a friend. Tell God, how you’re feeling, what you’re thinking about, anything that’s worrying you and what you want His help with.

Save your note or keep your letter in a journal. Practice this every day and get in the habit of reading your old messages to see how your feelings and circumstances have changed.

3. P. R. A. Y.

Use this simple acronym to help you talk to God:

P – Pause; breathe deeply and be still in God’s presence.

R – Rejoice; what’s been good today? Thank God for it.

A – Ask God to help you and those you care about.

Y – say Yes to God; welcome His love, His plans and His presence into your day. **

Want to learn more about forming a habit of prayer? Why not try the Be Still series? A free video series that gives a simple guide to spending time with God.

*The Lord’s Prayer was originally written down in ancient Greek. You may have heard a different translation of it before. This one is taken from The Message Bible and can be found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6 verses 9-13.

** Find out more about praying the P.R.A.Y. way with Pete Greig’s book How to Pray.

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