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How To Pray Effectively




More than a refuge in troubled times
or a 
peaceful pause in a hectic day,
prayer i
s a lifelong journey of
living intimately with 
God’s presence
and grace. These uplifting articles 
practical and easy-to-follow tips to 

strengthen your spiritual life and answers
your questions about how to pray.

Recent How To Pray Effectively Stories

God instructs us to honor our mothers; the reward is that we will live well and have a long life.

by Peola Hicks

Prior to joining Guideposts, I had no idea about the massive reach of its prayer ministry...

by Peola Hicks

Jesus left the weak among us for a reason. We have a reason to pray for those who are weak among us.

by Peola Hicks

close-up of a people praying together with hands on Bibles

The Lord’s Prayer answers our questions about how to pray–answers that grow richer and deeper as we grow in spirit.

by Elaine St. Johns

Rick Hamlin, author of 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without

Rick Hamlin shares his prayer tip of singing God's praises by writing down five things you're thankful for every day.

It is easy to lose heart and give up on our goals, especially when we pray and don’t see answers right away.

by Peola Hicks

Rick Hamlin, author of 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without

Rick Hamlin explains how selecting a Bible verse to pray each day can help you grow closer to God through His word.

 Jill Smolowe and Joe Treen

Of course, I always pray for the grieving. Now I feel like I know where to direct my prayers.

by Rick Hamlin

Guideposts editorial assistant Allison Churchill before welcome-home ceremony

I’ve been praying for those who lost their lives and the wounded, writes veteran and editorial assistant Allison Churchill. There are so many who need our prayers.

by Rick Hamlin

rick Hamlin, author of 10 Prayers You Can't Live Without

Rick Hamlin explains how spending a few minutes of meaningful quiet time with God can lessen your worries and strengthen your faith.

Prayer coupled with fasting is a great way to draw on God’s strength in a more focused way...

by Peola Hicks

An old hymn crept into my head. And stayed there. It’s a way to stay in prayer all day long.

by Rick Hamlin

woman with hands clasped in prayer

In this excerpt from Pray Big for Your Life, you'll learn how to jump-start your relationship with God.

by Will Davis, Jr.
, Austin, Texas

Praying is as essential to the life of the spirit as eating and drinking are to the body.

by Peola Hicks

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