I had read or heard somewhere that Christians should memorize the Lord’s prayer and say it each morning and evening. That didn’t make a lot of sense to me, so I did some research. According to https://bible.org/seriespage/3-lord-s-prayer-matthew-65-15-luke-111-13 It says, “One of the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Jesus said that prayer should not be a way to get attention and praise from people. It should be done with a right heart toward God. It is wrong to pray just to impress people.” 

Another section goes on to say, “Prayer is the time you spend being real with God. It is when you pour our your heart to Him. You can tell God anything and everything. You can tell Him when you are angry or hurt or disappointed. You can talk to Him about the good stuff that happened in your day. He is with you every minute, so it should be easier to talk to Him than to your best friend or even your mom or dad. Prayer is also when you stop to listen to His voice (John 10:27).

Jesus gave a perfect example of how to pray. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” Lots of people can say this from memory, but remember, Jesus just said not to repeat the same words over and over. Reciting this prayer does not take the place of heart-felt conversations with your heavenly Father. Jesus wanted to tell His disciples the type of prayer to pray. These things are the type of things that God will honor in your prayers.”

Here are the two examples of The Lord’s Prayer. It is a great prayer to know for family gatherings etc, when you are uncomfortable just talking from your mind in a group or family setting, like at Easter or Christmas dinner. 

Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Luke 11:2-4King James Version (KJV)
And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Lots of information on praying.

I have been attempting to pray more, I constantly forget to pray before I eat, sleep, wake, etc. I do small asking prayers, but God rightfully deserves more. I decided to do some research on the topic, and found I am not alone. Plenty of others have lots of questions about how to pray, what to say when you pray, etc. I am of the belief that it should come from the heart of course, and just babbling words that you memorized isn’t the true way to pray, BUT the Bible gives us instructions on some of those minimum expectations. Also when at dinner with your family/friends, I wanted to be able to recite prayer without embarrassing myself.  

This website has a litany of information about praying. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/9-things-you-should-know-about-prayer-in-the-bible1

One of the interesting things that it states is that there are 650 prayers in the Bible. They also include a list here: http://www.gospelpedlar.com/articles/Christian%20Life/Prayer.pdf

On an amusing side note; when I was brainstorming a title for this post, I originally was going to call it Prayers for Dummies. Out of curiosity I looked on google and found that, yes indeed it is a real book. I will probably buy it on my kindle and share some of its words of wisdom (and my review) on here. 

A great list of prayers for any occassion: https://www.missionariesofprayer.org/prayers/

Another great list of prayers: http://www.drstandley.com/guidance_awesomeprayers.shtml