Jesus teaches us how to pray to God in Matthew 6:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 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.

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

In addition to praying the LORD’s prayer in the closet, many times Jesus went to the mountain top to pray. Once again in Matthew it says: 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

The mountain took him away from the bustling crowds and helped him to be alone with the Father. Even the creator of the universe needed time alone with the Father. This is a sort of battery charging time when God hears the deep concerns of our hearts. During these mountain top experiences the distractions of this world are left below. No cell phones or traffic jams to contend with, just God and you.

It is important before you go to the top of the mountain to first forgive those who have wronged you.

Forgiveness means being aware of what someone has done and still forgiving them. Choosing to keep no record of wrongs. Refusing to punish. Not telling what they did. Being merciful and gracious. It is an inner condition. It is the absence of bitterness. It includes forgiving God and forgiving ourselves.

When someone wrongs you do not let anyone know what someone said about you or did to you. Do not allow anyone to be afraid of you or intimidated by you. We will want them to forgive themselves and not feel guilty. We will let them save face. We will protect them from their greatest fear. It is a lifelong commitment to never tell. And finally, we will pray for them to be blessed.

Make the deliberate and irrevocable choice not to tell anyone what they did. Be pleasant to them should you be around them. If conversation ensues say that which would free them from guilt. Let them feel good about themselves. Protect them from their greatest fear. Keep it up, today, tomorrow, this year and next. Pray for them.

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.

Praying is a two way conversation with God.

Go boldly to the throne of grace. Pour out your heart to God. Adore Him. Admit your wrongs. Request for your needs and for the needs of those you love. Spend time thanking Him for all the answered prayers. You see God does answer prayers in His time.

Aligning your prayers with the will of God comes from nudges from the Holy Spirit.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Praying in the Spirit is when you set aside your own agenda and pray the will of the Father.

I would encourage you to keep a record of your prayers, a sort of prayer journal if you will, so that in the future you can look back and see what God has done.

If you use the fingers of your hand to remind you of who to pray for:

The thumb: those closest to your heart.

The pointer: Those under your direction.

The next finger: Those in authority over you.

The next: Your community, friends, church.

The pinky: Yourself

Pray all your prayers in the name of Jesus.

I will leave you with this exhortation from Paul to Timothy:

2 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;