Part 2 Build a Personal Relationship With God:
We must build a personal relationship with God. I found this out after I lost my husband to illness. I felt so all alone and had trouble adjusting to being by myself, my husband and I were together over 35 years. One day while praying I felt God’s presence so strongly and I knew for sure that I was not alone.
Then the next day of morning prayer a voice in my head said to me you are never alone. This began my personal relationship with my Father God. (I also learned that I had been depending on my husband for my spiritual walk with God and God let me know that I had to develop that relationship for myself—you can’t depend on anyone else to help you with your personal relationship with God—not your mother, father or even your pastor, just like you could not depend on any one else to help you build your relationship with your husband)
This began my personal walk with God.
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EFFECTIVE PRAY: (using the Acronym P--R--A--Y) P=PRAISE R=REPENT A=ASK Y=YIELD
Part 1 PRAISE: Psalm 100—“Make a joyful noise (or shout) unto the LORD, all ye lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His presence with singing; know that the LORD, He is GOD; it is He who has made us, …. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise; be thankful to Him and bless His Holy name.” KEY WORD (or password)=“THANK YOU!” When you can come into His Presence to Pray, you have opened the gate (the file to His word which is where you find Him) to Gods presence! your password is "Thank You & Praise."
Part 2 REPENT: The 2nd letter in our acronym is “R” for Repent. Repentance in prayer means taking time to search your heart and ask Gods forgiveness and repent of anything that has come between you and Him. Psalm 19:12-13 says it well: “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults; keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless and I shall be innocent of great transgression.” A sober reminder also comes from Psalm 66:18: If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." A spiritual cleansing is needed in order to come nearer to the throne of God. So when you pray, ask God to reveal any sin in your life you may be overlooking and God will honor your heart of repentance.
Part 3 ASK: I learned to meditate on Gods Word by reading it over and over again, and then He told me that there is more to meditation then just repeating My Word so I asked Him “How do I meditate on Your Word.” He gave me scriptures to help me understand about meditating on His Word, most are from the Psalm 119; but a few others are in—Acts, Ezekiel and Luke The next step to hearing Gods voice is to be still. In Psalm 46:10, God tells us, "Be still and know that I am God." To hear Gods voice you first learn to be still. When you're still it's much easier to draw near to God and begin to hear Him speak in your heart. His encouragements are calm and tender, if you are not still, you can miss them. You must: !-remove any distractions, 2-find a place where you can be alone and not disturbed.
(Shared from YouVersion Bible App https://www.youversion.com/: Pray Effectively Devotional)