I know I ought to pray more, but when I try to pray, my mind starts wandering and after a while I just give up. I know I shouldn’t be like this, but how can I keep my mind focused? -- Mrs. L.F.
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges God has given to us, and God is pleased when we come to Him in prayer. Just as parents delight in the talk of their children, so God delights when we talk to Him in prayer.
That’s why the first step in making prayer a part of our lives is to realize that God loves us, and wants us to come to Him in prayer. How do we know this? We know it because God sent His only Son into the world to give His life for us, so our sins could be forgiven and we could be with Him in heaven forever. If you have never asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, I urge you to do so today.
Did you ever learn the Lord’s Prayer? (You can find it in Matthew 6:9-13.) It begins with these words: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed (or honored) be your name” (Matthew 6:9). And that’s who God is: our heavenly Father, who gave us life and watches over us and loves us. Once you see God as your loving heavenly Father, your prayers will never be the same.
When you pray, thank God for Who He is and what He has done for you -- even that day. Then bring your requests to Him, both for yourself and for others -- and make them specific. Many find it helpful to keep a written list of these requests, not only so they don’t forget them, but so they can thank God when He answers them.
Send your queries to “My Answer,” c/o Billy Graham, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201; call (877) 2-GRAHAM, or visit the web site for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association: www.billygraham.org.