7. Pray in a way that feels natural to you
There’s no one right way to pray. Prayer should be unique to the individual believer who is praying.
While praying in a church or worship center is often quite stylized and ritualized, when you’re praying alone, you don’t have to follow any particular rules, other than opening yourself up to God and speaking from the heart.
- Some people like to bow their heads in prayer and close their eyes, while other religions will practice full prostrations or kneeling.
- Whatever seems most respectful and effective for you and your personal relationship with God is fine. You can pray with your eyes open and your head high just as it’s fine to pray kneeling and silent.
- It’s common to recite some traditional prayers out loud, but it’s also very common to pray silently to yourself.