Pray Effectively

How can we pray effectively? While there is no one formula for effective prayers, we can strive to deepen our prayer life. Practical tips, Bible-based advice and stories from other Christians can help us learn to pray with honesty and faith, as we strive to pray effectively.
Family prayinig

Praying ‘Repurposed’ Prayers

There are examples throughout the Bible of prayers being repeated by different generations.

Praying for others

5 Ways That I Pray for Others

A Guideposts editor offers his notes-to-self when it comes to honoring prayer requests.

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praying for others

3 Tips to Handle Prayer with Care

Try these helpful prayer tips the next time you tell someone, "I'll pray for you."

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Pray like Charles Spurgeon

5 Ways to Pray Like Charles Spurgeon

Emulate “the Prince of Preachers” by praying humbly, compassionately, fervently and boldly.

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Easter lillies

8 Prayers for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday

Words to help drive home to your heart the profound meaning and blessing of Easter

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ABC prayer tips

A-to-Z Praying Tips

Prayer is simply talking to God. Here's an approach as easy as ABC.

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How to both read and pray the Bible

How to Both Read and Pray the Bible

A Guideposts editor uses an ancient prayer practice while riding the subway on his way to work.

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Bible prayers for grief

Bible Prayers for the 5 Stages of Grief

Loss always produces grief, and grief begs to be expressed. And the Bible can teach us how valuable prayer is in the grieving process.

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Guideposts executive editor Rick Hamlin

Rick Hamlin on the Practice of Contemplative Prayer

Guideposts executive editor Rick Hamlin explores the centuries-old practice of contemplative prayer, offering practical  tips that may help you enrich your own prayer life. 

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A Good Time to Pray? When You Can't Sleep

Some of my best conversations with God have taken place before the sun has risen.

Prayer Tips with Ty'Ann: Love in Action

Prayer Tips with Ty'Ann: Love in Action

Try this prayer tip from Ty'Ann and let the people in your life know how much they mean to you.

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Make Your Lenten Confession Fun

Make Your Lenten Confession Fun

How one family takes a meaningful look at misdeeds and then, at Easter, redemption

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Prayer Tips with Ty'Ann Brown

Prayer Tips with Ty'Ann: Selfless Love

When you feel down and need a boost of God's love, turn to this prayer tip from Ty'Ann.

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Lost wallet and keys

A Prayer for Lost Things

As we pray for things lost, let's rejoice in things discovered.

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