You'd think prayer would come easy. After all, aren't we filled with the Holy Spirit? It should come naturally, right?

As it turns out, prayer has to be learned. And this can be hard work.

So, what's the tick? Simple, just use the prayers God has had written down for you. Prayers in the Bible are authorized, copyright free prayers that we can use to get our prayer life going.

For example, Abraham, to whom God has promised an heir, has no children so he prays, "O Lord God, what wilt Thou give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" (Genesis 15:2).

"I don't have children" you say, "in fact, I'm not even thinking about children! How does this prayer help me pray?" Well, let's think about it for a minute. God promises Abraham something that appears impossible. How about starting there? What has God said you will have if you trust him? How about peace, joy and abundant life? These might seem impossible given your circumstances. Yet Abraham was given the impossible and so might you if you ask the Lord.

Perhaps you can't think of what God might give you. You are all out of ideas. Abraham, instead of telling God what he needs, asks God what God wants to give him! Have you ever thought of asking God what he would like to give you? Your Father in heaven loves to give good gifts to his children. If you can't think of a good gift then ask the Lord to come up with one for you.

Let's look at another example. Praying can sometimes be a matter of telling God who he is and confessing sin. Don't know where to start? Let a pro like Daniel help. Daniel was known to be a prayer worrior (his commitment to prayer even got him into serious trouble). Here is one of his prayers:
I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed and said, "Alas, O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly, and rebelled, even turning aside from Thy commandments and ordinances" (Daniel 9:3-5).
You see the first half of the prayer is Daniel praising God for who he is. Try it. Just use the words Daniel uses and think about what they mean. God is great, awesome, a promise keeper and utterly faithful to his people.

Then use his words for your confession. We are sinful and have acted wickedly and disobeyed God. You see how the character of God is such that he will forgive you? Because he is great, awesome, loving and faithful and because you confess your sin he will forgive you. As John says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Finding a list of prayers in the Bible is easy. Just google it or follow the link below: