The key to knowing anyone starts with a relationship. Relationships grow through communication. The only way you will ever develop a close, personal relationship with comes through an authentic prayer life.
Three Tips for Authentic Prayer
1. Keep it short and simple. “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” Matthew 5:6-7 (NIV) Talk to God the same way you would talk just like you would any person sitting next to you. Avoid the King James speak and talk in a conversation style.
2. Keep it honest. “He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” Luke 16:15 (NIV). God already knows what you are thinking, what you have done and where you have been. Stop trying to be anything other than who you are because you are the person that God loves and wants a relationship with.
3. Keep it secret. “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 (NIV). Create a personal prayer life that exists only between you and God. There may be time for public praying, but you should be doing ten times the amount of alone time with God as you do in public.
The more time spent talking to God then the more you will learn to listen to His voice. Choose today to start building an authentic prayer life that will draw you closer to Him.