How to pray to god for help and forgiveness

Method 1 Before You Pray

  1. Think on what you will pray about. Before you begin, think about what you will pray about. What are the things in your life that trouble you? What are you thankful for? How do you want to bring God into your life? What questions do you have? These are things which you may want to pray on. Knowing what to say ahead of time will make you feel more clear and comfortable when you go to pray.

  2. Consult with your religious adviser or a trusted friend. After you’ve thought about some of the things you’d like to talk to God about, consult with your priest, imam, rabbi, or a friend or family member whom you trust. Ask them what they think God might be able to help you with and what they think about your concerns and questions. They may open your eyes to questions and answers which you had never thought of.

  3. Find a good place to pray.

    Once you are ready to pray, you will need to find an appropriate place and time to pray to God. This should be a quiet place where you can devote a good amount of time and concentration to your conversation with God, to show him your devotion.

    • However, if you feel the need to pray quickly and in a less than ideal situation, go right ahead. You do not need to be anywhere special for God to hear you. He will understand your distress and cares only that you love him in your heart and try to follow him.
  4. Get any necessary or additional items. You may want to have certain items when you pray, such as candles, a bible, the remains of a loved one, or other items which are significant to you. Have these available and respectfully placed.

  5. Plan to pray alone or with others. You will want to decide if you feel it is better to pray on your own or with others. Different faiths stress different methods but you should not feel constrained by the normal conventions of your denomination. Do what you feel is right in your heart, whether that means singing your prayers in a church full of people or facing Qibla alone in a corner.

Method 2 Making a Basic Prayer for Christians

  1. Show respect.

    Show respect by humbling yourself before God. Dress plainly (if you can), do not show off your prayer pridefully to those nearby, and

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    on your knees with head bowed (if you can).

  2. Read from the Bible. You may want to begin by reading a passage from the Bible which has significance and meaning to you. This will open your heart to His word and show him your devotion.

  3. Thank God. Thank God for all of his blessings. Thank him for the things that make you happy, that make your life better, or that make the world a better place. Understand that these blessings are God showing his love for his people and should be celebrated and appreciated.

  4. Ask forgiveness. Ask God’s forgiveness for the mistakes that you make. Keep your heart open and remember that we all make mistakes: nobody is perfect. Though you may have trouble admitting it or thinking of a mistake you have made, you will find some way that you can be better. Be sincere and you will know in your heart if God forgives you.

  5. Ask for guidance. Ask God’s guidance. He isn’t a genie or some magical granter of wishes…He is merely there to guide you on the path you are meant to follow. Ask him to lead you and show you the right decisions and the ways to better yourself as a person, as well as the world and people around you.

  6. Pray for others.

    Pray for those who you feel need prayers. You can pray for your family, for your friends, or for strangers. Ask God to show them His love and to also help them find their way when they are lost. Do not cast judgement on them or their problems: God is the only Judge and He will do what is right.

    • Remember that people are not the Devil or demons; they are souls, just as you are, and can be led by God. Don’t ask for them to be struck down, ask for them to realize their mistakes and seek forgiveness just as you do.
  7. Close your prayer. Close your prayer in whatever way you feel is appropriate. The most common way is to say ‘Amen’.

Method 3 Making a Basic Prayer for Jews

  1. Try to pray in Hebrew. Most denominations believe that praying in Hebrew is better, though your god will understand you in whatever tongue you speak. Do your best and He will understand.

  2. Try to pray with others. Jews prefer to pray more often and in groups, other than Christian prayer which is more individually focused. Pray with others if you can. This can be at temple, with your family at home, or while you are out with your friends.

  3. Know each of the prayers for the different rituals. Instead of individually stated prayers said each day, Jews prefer to say blessings for different times of day, events, and times of year. You will want to learn the different prayers and when they should be spoken, as well as the Holy Days which require special prayers.

  4. Pray individually if you prefer. If the normal ways of praying are not for you and you feel that you communicate with your god better on your own and in your own way, that is okay. You can pray in the Christian method above and your god will understand. He cares more about your devotion and obedience.

Method 4 Making a Basic Prayer for Muslims

  1. Pray at the right times. Muslims pray at specific times of day and you will need to learn and observe these times. You can look them up, ask your imam, or get a handy app or program for your mobile device or computer.

  2. Orient yourself. You will need to face Mecca when you pray. This is an important part of prayer for Muslims. You will need to look up what the proper direction is for the area in which you live. Alternatively, you can get an app or program for your phone or computer which will act as a compass and point you in the right direction no matter where you are.

  3. Sit, stand, and motion correctly. There are specific ways that Muslims are supposed to sit, stand, bow, and move their hands and bodies during prayer. These can be rather complicated and you may need to do some research. You can also learn by watching fellow Muslims, either out and about or at your local mosque.

  4. Open your prayer. Begin your prayer in the proper way. Muslim prayer is much more specific and rigid than Christian prayer. The standard opening is to call “Allah – Wa – Akbar” and then recite the Isteftah Dua and Surah Al- Fatiha.

  5. Recite the Surahs. Recite the Surahs appropriate to the time of day or that are being recited by your fellows nearby. If you are alone, you can recite whatever Surahs you believe are appropriate.

  6. Perform the appropriate number of rakats. The rakats, or cycles of prayer, are standardized and a different number of cycles is prescribed for each time of day. Know what is the appropriate number and try to perform at least that many.

  7. Close your prayer. End your prayers in the normal way by turning your head to the right and saying, “As Salam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu’.” The angel who records your good deeds is to this side. Then, turn your head to the left and say, “As Salam Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu’.” The angel who records your wrongful deeds is to this side. Now your prayers are over.

Method 5 After You Pray

  1. Look for signs that God has heard you. When you are done praying, as you progress through your day and further on, look for signs that God has heard your prayers. Keep your heart open and look for ways in which he seeks to lead you on the appropriate path. You will know in your heart what is right.

  2. Do right by Him and keep your promises. If you promised God that you would improve yourself or work harder for something, you should keep your promise. Work as hard as you can, honestly and with humility, and God will understand and be pleased.

  3. Pray regularly. Don’t just pray when you have a really big problem. God is not your band-aid. Pray all the time and show Him the respect that He deserves. Get in the habit and with time you will be great at praying.

  4. Help and pray with others. As you pray more, you will want to pray with others and bring others to understand how much they can gain from prayer. Bring them to God by helping them, honestly, humbly, and without judgement, and they too may become inspired to come to know Him as you have.

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  • Do I need to pray 3 times a day? How many times?

    There is no specific number of times to pray in a single day. It is good to remember to pray after waking up to ask God to guide you through the day, before going to sleep to thank Him for the day, regret your sins from the day and ask for good sleep, and at the noon to keep on track with God so you don’t forget about Him and to stay in active contact. You can pray as many times as you want, even 20 times a day. Prayer is our conversation with God, so you can pray some quick short prayers whenever you want and need.

  • How can I devote my life to God?

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    It depends how fully you are willing to devote your life. Start by praying regularly, maybe in the morning and before you sleep, and before meals. Thank God for the day he has made. If you are serious about devoting your entire life, look into going to the respective place of worship to become a member to spread gods word. You can become a missionary and help those in need. You can donate to charities and follow the word of the Lord.

  • How do I know when God has answered my question?

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    Everyone gets their prayers answered differently. Sometimes you don’t get what you expected either, but God will show you a sign when he’s answered your prayer, it could be right now, it could be next week, it could be in five years, but God will answer. Just don’t expect to get exactly what you want.

  • Why do we need to pray?

    Prayer is also called a conversation with God. Christianity is based on a relationship with God, so imagine if you have a friend and you never talk to him. It wouldn’t work, right? It is the same with prayer. We can talk through it to God, tell Him our struggles, joys and share with him our thoughts and lives.

  • Will my prayers still be heard if I am not baptized?

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    Baptism is just a way to wash yourself of the sins you have committed and the sins of Adam and Eve. God is hearing your prayers regardless of the status of your baptism. Matthew 7: 7 “Seek and you will find. Ask and you shall receive. Know that when you ask that God hears the prayers.”

  • How do I say a protection prayer?

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    Ask God to put a hedge of protection around you while you’re driving, at work, at home etc. You may ask Him to guard you.

  • Will God answer my prayers if I’m not religious?

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    God always hears those who cry out to Him, even those of many different religions. God should still answer your prayers, but when He answers, do not expect a booming voice to say, “Yes, you should…” or “No, do not…”. Answers are not always easy to see.

  • How can I tell God that I really love him and will listen to him?

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    By saying just that. How much you love God can be seen in your actions and what you do to show that you love Him. He sees your heart and knows it, so if you truly love Him, He will see that, too. Do pray and ask Him to speak to you in your prayers and while reading the Word.

  • I have many worries and my thoughts are all over the place. If I tell God all this, will he still hear me and help me sort out everything that is worrying me?

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    He cares about your worries. Just give it to God, and sometimes He will say yes, wait, or no. The future usually holds his answers. And sometimes His answers take days and weeks and months. Just be patient and keep praying. Sometimes He will even give you an immediate answer. Those are always the best!

  • Will a prayer be answered only if I take action towards my desire?

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    Prayers can be answered in different ways. Sometimes God says yes; sometimes he says to wait, and that what you’ve asked for will come at the right time; and sometimes he says that what you are asking for isn’t right for you. God’s plan will happen whether you take action or not.

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  • Always trust what you know to be true in your heart. If a priest, leader, friend or family member tells you something that makes you uncomfortable, pray on it. God will tell you what is right and you will feel sure and happy in your heart. No one but God can tell you what is right and what He wills.
  • Pray whenever and where ever you need to, i.e. in traffic, before a test, or before each meal.
  • Talk to God the same way you talk to your friends. This helps to calm any nerves you may have before praying.
  • When you wake up in the morning, close your eyes and thank God because there are some people who didn’t wake up and never will. Thank Him when you still have a chance to.
  • Just because God has not answered your prayer right away does not mean he will not, or he does not love you. He will always love you. He has your future planned out for you, and the answer to your questions will be answered at the right time.

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Whether we are seeking forgiveness for our own sins or asking God to help us forgive others, prayer is the first place to start when seeking restoration and healing.  The below prayers can help guide your thoughts and words as you seek being forgiven or help in forgiving others. It is a big step to seek out forgiveness and you have taken a bold step in faith! 

Prayer to God for Forgiveness of Sins

Even while I encourage you to pray this prayer, I caution you that saying words alone will not save you. Prayer doesn’t save. Only Christ can save. But prayer can be a means of reaching out to the Lord in true saving faith. If you pray these words in faith, Christ will save you. You can be sure of that.

Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.

If you have prayed this prayer in sincere faith, you may want to put your initials by the prayer along with today’s date as a reminder that you have come to Christ in faith, trusting him as your Lord and Savior.
– Dr Ray Pritchard

Prayer for Forgiving  Others

Dear Merciful Lord,
Thank you for your gift of forgiveness. Your only Son loved me enough to come to earth and experience the worst pain imaginable so I could be forgiven. Your mercy flows to me in spite of my faults and failures. Your Word says to “clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Col. 3:14) Help me demonstrate unconditional love today, even to those who hurt me. 

I understand that even though I feel scarred, my emotions don’t have to control my actions. Father, may Your sweet words saturate my mind and direct my thoughts. Help me release the hurt and begin to love as Jesus loves. I want to see my offender through my Savior’s eyes. If I can be forgiven, so can he. I understand there are no levels to your love. We are all your children, and your desire is that none of us should perish.

You teach us to “let the peace that comes from Christ rule in our hearts.” (Col. 3:15) When I forgive in words, allow your Holy Spirit to fill my heart with peace. I pray this peace that only comes from Jesus will rule in my heart, keeping out doubt and questions. And above all, I am thankful. Not just today, not just this week, but always. Thank you for the reminder, “Always be thankful.” (Col. 3:15) With gratitude I can draw closer to you and let go of unforgiveness. With gratitude I can see the person who caused my pain as a child of the Most High God. Loved and accepted. Help me find the compassion that comes with true forgiveness.

And when I see the person who hurt me, bring this prayer back to my remembrance, so I can take any ungodly thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) And may the confidence of Christ in my heart guide me into the freedom of forgiveness. I praise you for the work you are doing in my life, teaching and perfecting my faith. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
– Kristine Brown

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Short Prayer to Forgive Others

Dear Lord, I thank You for the power of forgiveness, and I choose to forgive everyone who has hurt me. Help me set free and release them to You . Help me bless those who have hurt me . Help me walk in righteousness, peace, and joy, demonstrating Your life here on earth. I choose to be kind and compassionate, forgiving others, just as You forgave me . In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Debbie Przybylski

Short Prayer to Forgive Yourself

Father, today I ask forgiveness of all the negative and harmful words I have spoken about myself. I do not want to abuse myself in such a way again. Transform my thoughts and let me understand how marvelously you made me. Change my habits so I use my tongue to speak hope and favor upon my life. In Jesus’ name. 
– Sarah Coleman

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Bible Verses About Forgiveness

Matthew 6:14-15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Isaiah 1:18 – “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. 

Micah 7:18-19 – Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

Mark 11:25 – And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 

Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Ephesians 4:31-32 – Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Luke 17:3-4 – So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” 

Read more Bible Verses on Forgiveness at BibleStudyTools.com

If you’ve been set free from sin and the hurt from others, comment below so that others can live in freedom through forgiveness too! Be a light to our online community and recieve encouragement for your own walk of faith. 

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One of the biggest aspects of living a Christian life is prayer time with God. For many Christians, especially new believers this is something that often sounds mystical or mysterious and many Christians have a lot of questions about prayer. In this article we want to explore how to pray to God, but also delve into other basic questions… what is prayer? Do you need prayer? Does prayer help?  By the time we finish it is my hope you have a good understanding of how to pray to God, what is the right way to pray and how that daily discipline will change your life for the better.

Prayer Examples

We want to share with you a few simple prayers that can start you off on the path of a healthy prayer life. Keep in mind, it is more about you and your circumstances and God wants to know you on a very personal level.  Yes, He knows everything there is to know already, but more importantly He wants you to freely join Him in communion and share your life with Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you for the blessings you brought into my life, for my family, for my church, for my friends and for my neighbors. Today I have a difficult decision to make and I want your wisdom in all of my choices. Please Father let the Holy Spirit guide me and show me the path that would glorify you. I love you and thank you. In Jesus name. Amen.

Jesus, my King of Kings, please give me strength. My heart is troubled and my body is stricken with illness. Give me comfort and healing if it is your will. Lift me up and give me courage in this difficult time and let people see your reflection when they look at me. I love you and need you. Be with me always. Amen.

Holy Spirit, thank you so much for all you do in my life! You have filled me with peace, joy, patience and have guided my decisions. Today I step out in confidence that you are with me, a lamp unto my feet, together we shall glorify our Father in Heaven. Amen.

Pray to God the right way – what is prayer?

So what exactly is prayer? We see people around the world in prayer, people of all nations, all cultures, all religions prayer is prevalent. In a generic sense prayer is a person communicating with a higher power. In the Christian faith prayer is our direct line to our Creator, the one True God. Prayer is bringing your petition to God no matter what it may be… healing, strength, encouragement, direction, thanksgiving… in all things we should go in prayer.

Prayer is also a form of worship the God for all that He has done in our lives and the world. We must pray in His name – Father, Son or Holy Spirit. You may be asking, which of the three should I pray to? The answer is all or any. Scripture is clear that Father, Son and Holy Spirit are ONE (Matthew 28:19), and personally I have said prayers to all three at different times.

The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to pray

Now let us take some time to discuss specifically how to pray to God the right way. The most important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to pray. We are all different and we will all connect with God in various ways. Some people like to find a quiet place where they can be alone with God, which I highly recommend. When there are no distractions and your environment is peaceful it will much easier to communicate clearly. It is a good idea to set an appointment with God, a time and place each day where you know you will spend some quiet time alone with Him. In my experience I prefer to start my day this way, as it helps to invigorate me as I walk out the door and into the world.

When to pray to God?

On the other hand we do not want to become so structured that we only pray to God when our calendar tell us it is time. When you are going about your day, say small prayers… ask for help, give thanks or just let God know how you are feeling in that moment. Often times we may not know what to pray for and in these times we must rely on the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26) to intercede for us in our weakness.

Prayer is about a relationship with God, very similar to the relationship between a father and son on Earth. If a man on Earth needs help, or comfort, or just wants to share a part of his life with someone, he will often turn to his father. When a father sees his child going through a tough time, He wants to hear about it, and help him if possible get through it. This is no different than our Father in Heaven, who loves each of us more than we can imagine.

How to pray to God to get answers?

People often ask: Should I pray on my knees? Should I pray out loud? Or other such details. There is no one correct answer to these questions. In my day I spend time on my knees praying, sitting at my desk praying and even praying while I am working. There are times when I pray quietly and times when I speak out loud. There are times when I cry, sing, laugh and shout out in prayer.

Now that we have discussed how and when to pray let us talk about how prayer can help us in our lives. How to pray to get answers from God? If you ever want testimony about the effectiveness of prayer just ask anyone who prays on a regular basis. Prayer is a life-changing practice that will bring you closer to God. The closer you come to God the more peace and joy will fill your heart. You will learn to trust and rely on God more because you will start to see answered prayers unfold in your life.

Don’t give up the prayer if you think your questions and petitions are not answered. God answers in His time, so trust and be patient and you get an answer. When Jesus Christ walked the Earth, He spent a considerable amount of time in prayer because He wanted to leave behind an example for us to follow as Christians. Let’s follow Jesus Christ and pray to God!

Also read: WORDS YOU HAVE PRAYED STAY FOREVER IN THE HEART OF GOD

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