When people find out I’m a prayer coach, they often hesitate to tell me about their prayer lives. For some, the hesitation comes from embarrassment over not being able to pray. Others avoid talking about their prayer because they don’t want me to judge them for praying incorrectly. Still others are concerned that I’ll ask them to share the details of their prayers with me, which can be awkward in a professional setting.
I understand these hesitations and concerns. Even though I get a lot of joy from helping people form new habits around prayer, I also recognize that not everyone feels comfortable sharing such intimate details about their journey with God. So if you’re struggling with how to pray or how best to cultivate your relationship with God through prayer, please know that no one will judge you for wanting help or for not being proficient at starting this spiritual practice on your own.
How To Glorify God In Prayer
Understand who you’re praying to.
- Understand who you’re praying to.
When we pray, we’re not actually talking to Jesus—we’re talking directly to God. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to understand because that gives us a sense of how our relationship with God is different from our relationship with Jesus. The Bible says that “God is spirit” (John 4:24), so He exists outside of time and space as an infinite being beyond human comprehension (Romans 11:33-36). Because of this, He doesn’t need someone like you or me praying for Him—He already knows everything about the future and past, knows every single event that will happen in every person’s life from beginning until end—and yet still has free will over whether he wants to work miracles or not!
- There are two ways we communicate with him: through prayer or fasting (Acts 13:3; Joel 2:12). Prayer occurs when we desire something specific from God by asking Him for it; fasting occurs when we abstain from food for spiritual reasons such as repentance or self-sacrifice.* Prayer must always be done in accordance with His will and purpose for us.* Prayer should never be offered merely as an exercise in self-willful manipulation.* We may ask anything within reason—but must wait patiently until He answers.* With patience comes the knowledge that His answer will always come at just the right time
Share your testimony with God.
When you share your testimony with God, you are bringing Him glory. You tell Him how He has helped you and others in your life. You can talk about how God has changed your profession or relationships for the better.
Ask God how He wants you to pray and live.
God is the ultimate authority in our lives, and therefore He has the power to help us.
He wants you to ask for help.
He wants you to ask for guidance.
He wants you to ask for forgiveness.
Read Scripture out loud to God as an act of prayer.
Reading the Bible out loud is a wonderful way to glorify God, for it gives Him the glory due His name. When we read Scripture, we acknowledge that He has revealed Himself in His Word and thus glorifies God because of this knowledge. When we speak the words of Scripture, our words are transformed into praise for God’s name through our obedience.
Reading God’s Word also helps us hear what He wants us to hear when we read or listen to someone else reading His Word. We may not be able to fully understand all that is being said at times; but as we continue to study His word, things become clearer and more meaningful over time.
Ask for help in prayer.
As you pray, ask God to help you. Pray for His guidance, strength and wisdom. Pray that He will fill you with love, mercy and forgiveness. Ask Him to protect you from harm and evil spirits by surrounding you with His light.
Don’t give up when God says no.
If God says no, don’t give up. Instead, ask yourself why God said no. It could be that you have a different understanding of what is best than God does; or maybe he’s been waiting for you to come to him with more humility and trust in his timing; or perhaps your heart has hardened over time and needs to be softened again before his plan can become reality in your life.
God’s will for us is always better than our own plans. When we seek first his kingdom and honor him as the one who rules over all things (including our lives), then everything else will fall into place perfectly (Matthew 6:33).
Praise, don’t ask for things.
The apostle Paul tells us that we can understand the kinds of things God is doing in our lives when we praise Him. Praise is the language of the heart. It is a way of giving God the glory He deserves, and it is a way of thanking Him for what He has done for you.
The Bible says in Psalm 50:23: “Whoso offereth praise glorifieth Me.” When you offer praise to Jesus Christ, this means that you are telling everyone around you that He has accomplished something great! You are saying out loud what they should also be saying—that Jesus Christ has done something good and wonderful!
Pray for others.
One of the most important ways to glorify God is by praying for others. You can pray for your family members and friends, co-workers, the people in your neighborhood, or even strangers on the street. Praying for others is a great way to demonstrate that you love them and want them to be happy!
When you pray for other people, it shows that you care about them and their needs—and it also provides opportunities for God’s grace and mercy to flow through your life into theirs. For example, if someone needs financial provision or healing from an illness or injury (like Paul), then ask God to bless this person with what he needs so he can glorify Him more fully through his life.
Don’t let prayer be something you see as a chore.
Prayer is a privilege, not a chore. Prayer is a way to connect with God. It’s an opportunity to glorify God and express your love for Him, as well as express thanks and gratitude to Him for His blessings in your life. Prayer isn’t just about what you are praying but also how you are praying.
Your prayers should be sincere, heartfelt expressions of worship that come from the heart instead of being forced or coerced by someone else around you who wants you to pray for them (like when another person tells you that if they don’t see eye-to-eye with what he’s asking then his work will suffer).
God is glorified in prayer when we acknowledge that He is the Lord, and that we are not. It’s like the old saying goes: our pride is what gets us into trouble, but humility is what gets us out of it. This can be hard for a lot of Christians to swallow, because we live in a world that celebrates self-sufficiency and autonomy. But the truth is that God loves seeing us humble ourselves before Him in prayer; He loves to show off His power through His creation! And when you pray this way, not only will you feel closer than ever before but others around you will see how much they need Him too. So let’s get started!