How do we pray? Is there a right or a wrong way to pray? Are there special words or certain places where I should pray? In this video, Brandon Bonville gives insight from the Bible for how we should and shouldn’t pray and tips for how you can change your prayer life this week.



[Matthew 6:5-13] 

“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.10 May your Kingdom come soon.May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.11 Give us today the food we need,12 and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.13 And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.


2 Warnings from Jesus when we pray:

Be careful if your prayer is more about getting than growing.

Be careful if your prayer is more about quantity than quality.



[Ecclesiastes 5:1-2]

As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God.  Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few.



“Jesus is also revealing that our prayers should center on our needs, not our greeds.”



Prayer is less about doing and more about being.



Application Questions

  1. What stood out to you from this message and why?
  2. What is one thing God is telling you to START doing because of this message?
  3. What is one thing God is telling you to STOP doing because of this message?
  4. How will this message change how you act at home, at work, and in your relationships?