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How to pray so God will hear: Use the Lord's Prayer as a model

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As most people know, prayer is "communication with God." God hears our prayers whenever we pray; however, sometimes our prayers can be more effective than at other times. So, what can we pray to make sure God hears our prayers? Praying to God comes easy when you have a close intimate relationship with God.

Throughout the Bible, people prayed and God answered their prayers. God is still in the prayer-answering business. He will answer your prayer as well when what you pray for what lines up with the word of God. God will never answer your prayer that goes against His word.

So, how does one pray to make sure God hears? First of all, you can use the prayer Jesus taught His disciples. Most people refer to it as "The Lord's Prayer," but it is the model prayer that we could all use when we pray according to Matthew 6:5-13.

First, approach God with an attitude of reverence. Give Him praise and honor and hallow His holy and righteous name. You can begin by saying, "Our Father, which art in heaven..." Affirm God's will not only for now but for the future as well. In other words, pray the answer to your prayer without doubt or worry. You can say, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

Acknowledge that God is the source of every need in your life. You can say, "Give us this day our daily bread." Then remove every known hindrance to answered prayer. You can say, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" as well as "Deliver us from evil." The reason some of your prayers are not answered might be because you have not said the above.

Finally, don't forget for one moment the holy one who can answer your prayer. Say, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Then affirm that "it is so" by saying, "Amen."

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