One purpose of prayer is to help us know God. To know Him, we have to spend time with Him, just as we must with any person if we want to know that person well (John 17:3; 1 John1:3).
- Begin each day with God—Jesus taught us that it is important to have some quiet time with our Father every day. Early morning is one of the best times, before we get caught up in the business of the day. If this isn’t part of your daily life now, ask God to help you begin with just a few minutes, and he will (Matthew 6:6; 9-13).
- Come with clean hands and pure heart—the Bible promises that we can grow close to God if we have clean hands and a pure heart, and He will come close to us (James 4:8). That simply means we must confess our sins. When we do, God forgives us and causes us to be clean (1 John 1:9), and then we can go to Him.
- Have a listening ear—God usually speaks to us as we read the Bible (John 10:4-5). You don’t have to spend a long time in the Word, but for you to hear His voice clearly, it is important to spend time in His Word often, and pray as you read. Ask God to speak to your heart: What do you want me to do today? What do I need to learn?