Talking (softly/whispering) aloud or in your thoughts with 1. God in Jesus name (John 16:23) or with 2. Jesus directly (John 14: 13-14) as your Lord and King is called "praying". Jesus himself gives these 2 possibilities in the Bible. When you realize and belief that both exist, you can also address each of them and ask for protection, help, encouragement and blessing, for example. God awakens you to that realization and faith.
He often does that by talking to you in your thoughts, in your dreams, through visions or through helpers whom He can send. Or by leading your Bible study and help you read and understand the Bible where faith institutes and their servants cannot!
An important starting point for prayer is also that you realize and know that you need them in your life and cannot do without them because you are sinful and spiritually ignorant. You want to invite them into your everyday life. That is the first and most important when you start praying.
How to pray? With arms gently raised, hands open, palms sideways open aiming upward, your thumbs pointing sideways out. In this way you are open an aimed at God and Jesus. You can also pray with folded hands especially when you committed sin and want to ask for forgiveness. Whatever you begin with: pray softly and tell both God and Jesus you need them both in your life. And that you know that you are sinful and you regret that. And that you therefore seek help from them to change to God's Will. End your prayer when directed to God always with that you tell and ask all this in the name of Jesus. When directed to Jesus directly thank Jesus for listening and that you trust in him.
This is how you start your relationship with God; always in Jesus name. This is how you start your relationship with Jesus. But even if you started that relationship, you will continue to pray to God and Jesus in your further life. This way you keep the relationship with them alive and how you feed the relationship. In that way you will stay alive spiritually.
In your future prayers you talk with them about your life, your fears, your problems, your setbacks, your sorrow and your pain. But you also thank them where you were blessed, where you received protection, where you got what you asked and what you are simply grateful and happy about.
According to the Bible, the posture of prayer is normally raised or seated with the hands raised and open. That is how biblical Christians pray. Only in the situation of committed sins can you fold your hands, kneel or even lie down, so the Bible shows us.
A special form of prayer concerns the prayer whereby the hands are laid on someone (Acts 19: 6, Acts 8:18). It is important that it takes place after the baptism of Jesus so that person can receive the Spirit and Gifts. Or at a later moment to renew Gifts for a special task. Or to cure people if you yourself have received the Gift to Healing. However, it is God who works through you as a Christian and not the merit of the person that laid on the hand. You also can not offer money or ask for the laying on of hands (Acts 8: 19-20)! Never lay on hands in haste, because you yourself would become partaker in that persons sins (1Timothy 5:22). So firstly always put that person to the test about his or her faith, ways, following Commandments or not, sexual impurity, etc. That takes time!! No sudden actions.
Prayer is and remains a personal affair, so not something of forms, no slavish follow-up prayer and no formality.
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