A Beginner’s Guide to Learn How to Pray to God for Help

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So, you’ve decided to create a relationship with God and start praying. You sit yourself down, fold your hands, close your eyes, and … nothing. Maybe you were able to utter the words: ‘Heavenly Father’ or ‘Dear Jesus’ or simply ‘God’. And then your mind went blank.

Because suddenly you realised you actually don’t know how to pray to God for help. How do you pray to someone who lives in heaven and sits upon the throne. He’s like royalty, right? Yet at the same time our loving Father.

The biggest stumbling block might be that you can’t even see Him. God isn’t tangible like everything else. Where do you even begin to create a relationship with God if you can’t see Him?

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How to Pray to God for Help

How many times have you heard a phrase like: ‘Prayer is the most important weapon. You really can’t start the day without prayer. And you definitely can’t skip a day either’. And there you are, smiling and nodding while thinking: ‘This is great and all, but we do not know how to pray’.

You may even feel silly because, after all, you’re a Christian. Shouldn’t you know how to pray to God? Well, if you’re fairly new to the faith, it’s completely normal to ask yourself this question! I asked this myself many times. I googled it, just like you probably did. But you know what? Prayer is ever evolving. Praying is something you learn along the way.

Prayer can be compared to getting to know a new friend. At first, the conversations are short and maybe even awkward. But then your relationship becomes deeper and you’re able to find solace and support within this friendship.

Same with God. You’ll find that your first few prayers are short, don’t seem to go anywhere, have no structure at all. Then slowly, your prayers begin to change. They become longer, go deeper, and maybe even make you cry. Your prayers end up touching your entire soul, your entire heart and being. And then you fully submit to God.

My prayers, especially my morning prayers, can end up being around 20-30 minutes long. It’s not unusual for me to start crying as I suddenly feel very moved by what God has done for me.

The more you’ll pray, the closer you’ll move to God, and the easier prayers will become. And whatever you feel or think about prayer at the start of your journey, keep going because prayer really is important for Christians!

Let’s have a look at a few popular, short prayer examples to get you started.

Prayer for Guidance and Protection 

If there’s one prayer that’s great to start with as a new Christian, it’s the one for guidance and protection. You’ll need guidance to know where God is leading you, and possibly even on how to pray.

Don’t be afraid to literally say this to Him: ‘Father, I don’t know how to pray. Please, help me and show me how’.

You’ll also need protection from the enemy. Because, believe me, he doesn’t like it that you’re about to start your prayer journey.

That said, a prayer for guidance and protection is always good! The enemy is so active right now, guidance and protection are crucial every day and for everyone.

‘Heavenly Father, Your name is holy and worthy of praise. You love me so much that You gave Your only begotten Son to save me. Your will stands above all others, even my own. I come to You today to ask for guidance and protection. For Your Word says that You will guide us continually. Send Your Holy Spirit to teach me all things, and protect me from the evil one. For You, my Father, are faithful. In Jesus’ name I prayed. Amen.’

This prayer for guidance and protection is based upon Is 58:11; John 14:26; and 2 Thess 3:3 (KJV).

Prayer for Courage

Often times you may find yourself in a situation where you’ll need courage. Courage to stand up for your beliefs, courage to speak the truth, courage to walk away when needed, courage to completely surrender and do the will of God. A prayer for courage can be said on many different occasions.

‘Dear Father in heaven, my one and only true God, Creator of all things. I pray that You may give me courage, just like You gave courage to David to fight Goliath. Help me to stand up for Your truth and to fully surrender to Your will. For You did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Make me perfect in love, for he that is afraid, has not been made perfect in love. Thank You, Father, for hearing my prayers. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.’

This prayer for courage is based upon 2 Tim 1:17 and 1 John 4:18 (KJV).

Prayer for Strength and Faith

My third and last short prayer example is a prayer for strength and faith. In this world, it can be very difficult to stay strong and keep faith in Jesus. Especially when you’re new to Christianity and are still unsure about why certain things happen.

That said, there have been recent news articles about famous Christians who decided to walk away from their faith. This shows that the enemy really is roaring like a lion to see who he can devour.

We need to pray every day! A prayer for strength to keep going and a prayer for faith… they’re both so super important!

‘My beloved Father, hallowed be Your name. You give power to the weak, and strengthen those who need it. Help me to trust in You, to not be afraid, and to remember that You are my strength. Help me to remember that through Christ, I can do anything, for He strengthens me. Let me fix my eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. Thank You, Father. In Jesus name. Amen.’

This prayer for strength and faith is based upon Is 40:29; Is 12:2; Phil 4:13; Hebrews 12:2

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How to Pray According to the Bible

As you can see from my prayer examples, there’s a certain pattern I try to follow when I pray to God. I start and end my prayer in a similar manner, and try to use Scripture as well.

You’ll find though, that wen you’re a new Christian, praying with Scriptures in mind can be a bit tricky. You may not be that familiar with Scriptures yet as you’re trying to read through the Bible. Don’t worry about it too much. In the end, it matters where your heart is at the time of prayer. Earnest prayers are always heard!

It’s not a necessity to pray Scripture. It’s just something that I’ve enjoyed doing recently as it gives me an extra confirmation of His Word as well.

That said, there are a few instructions on how to pray to God that you can find in your Bible. A few wonderful prayers that come to mind are:

  • Hannah’s prayer of praise in 1 Samuel 2:1-10
  • Daniel’s prayer of confession in Daniel 9:3-19
  • Jonah’s prayer for salvation in Jonah 2:2-9
  • David’s prayer of thanksgiving in 2 Samuel 7:18-29
  • Nehemiah’s prayer for success in Nehemiah 1:4-11
  • Jesus’ intercessory prayer in John 17

Of course, there’s one more famous prayer I haven’t mentioned yet. And that’s the prayer we’ll look at as our example. Yes, that’s right! We’ll be using the Lord’s prayer as a guide on how to pray to God for help.

Start Your Prayer With Praise to God

After all this information, you may still be wondering how to begin a prayer to God, and that’s totally normal.

Looking at the Lord’s prayer {Matthew 6:9-13}, we can see that Jesus first begins with praising God.

He acknowledges His name is holy, that His kingdom is coming soon, and that His will be done.

It’s very important to remember that God’s will is better than our own. He knows all and can see our future. He knows what’s best for us. And although we may think we’re asking what’s in our (and other’s) best interest, God may not agree.

That’s why it’s always a good idea to add ‘Your will be done, not mine’. Even Jesus acknowledged this when He prayed: ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ {Matthew 26:39 KJV}

Pray for Others and Ourselves

In the next verses {Matthew 6:11-13}, Jesus prays for ‘us’, not ‘me’ or ‘them’. This shows that He wants us to pray for others just as much as ourselves. If not more.

Although we may not know exactly what other people may need, God knows. And general prayer requests, like in the Lord’s prayer, apply for all of us. We all need our daily bread, we’ll all be forgiven just as we forgive, and we all need to be lead away from evil.

So, after you started your prayer with a focus on God, you can pray for others and yourself.

End Your Prayer With God

So now you know how to begin a prayer, let’s have a look at how to end a prayer. Jesus ends the Lord’s prayer the way He started it – bringing His focus again to God.

Personally, I like to thank Him for the blessings and promises He’s given, for saving us, for His never-ending love and grace.

And of course, you can end the prayer with ‘In Jesus’ name’ or similar wording. Jesus mentioned how we can ask things in His name and He will do it {John 14:13-14}.

I do like to share one thought about praying in Jesus’ name though. Praying in Jesus’ name is more than just mentioning His name. It’s to pray in His mind and spirit while believing His promises, relying upon His grace, and working His works {SC 100.2}. 

And these are the first few steps on how to pray to God. If you keep these in mind as a beginner, you’ll be an ‘expert’ at praying soon.

Scriptures About How to Pray to God

The Bible reveals every single thing that we need to know. There’s nothing that God keeps hidden from us in His word. He’s called ‘a revealer of secrets’ by Nebuchadnezzar {Dan 2:47 KJV} and even Daniel states: ‘[God] revealeth the deep and secret things’ {Dan 2:22 KJV}.

This means that even the Holy Scriptures will reveal how God wants us to pray.

  • ‘Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you’ {1 Thess 5:16-18 KJV}
  • ‘And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive’ {Matthew 21:22 KJV}
  • ‘And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us’ {1 John 5:14 KJV}
  • Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God‘ {Phil 4:6 KJV}
  • Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving’ {Col 4:2 KJV}
  • ‘But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do…’ {Matt 6:7 KJV}
  • ‘But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret will reward thee openly’ {Matt 6:6 KJV}
  • ‘But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed’ {James 1:6 KJV}

Looking at these scriptures, it becomes quite clear how we should pray to God for help.

We need to pray continuously, believe we shall receive, ask according to His will and with thanksgiving. Do not use vain repetitions and pray in secret. Always ask God in faith and your request will be answered.

Well, we’ve come to the end of our Beginner’s guide on how to pray to God for help. Please, remember that prayer is an evolving process.

You may start with shorter prayers, but will soon find that your prayer life will keep growing. You’ll remember to pray more frequently and some day, you won’t think twice about how to pray.

Did you like the short prayer examples I gave? They’re free to download! I’ll even give you a short summary on how to pray, and 8 mini scripture cards as well. Simply download, print, and pray. Easy!

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  • Stacey

    Ann –
    This is so so so helpful! The whole time I was reading I was thinking – “is there something I can print to help me remember all of this” and you sure have it! Also, I love the different examples of prayer you use from people in the bible. So helpful to know where to look and see that prayer is a huge part of our faith. Thank you for arming me with the necessary tools for a stronger prayer life!

    • Ann

      Hi Stacey, thank you so much for your kind words! Praying is so important as Christians, especially in today’s world. Happy to hear my post was so helpful for you. God bless you!

  • Kristi Woods

    Love the post, especially praying with Scripture. There’s power when we repeat and personalize God’s Word. I’ll make certain to pin this one.

    • Ann

      Hi Kristi, I agree! There’s lots of power in repeating God’s Word. It just gives an extra confirmation of all His blessings and promises. Thank you for your lovely comment and for pinning. Much appreciated!

  • Christina Dronen

    This is such a great guide to prayer! I really like that you give example prayers that we can pray right now and here. Those kinds of prayers are so helpful for praying more specifically & comprehensively.

    Pinned this post! 🙂

    • Ann

      Hi Christina, happy to hear you like the short prayer examples. It’s nice to have something ready to go, especially if you’re new to prayer. Thank you for your kind words and pinning my post!

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