“Happy are the people who live pure lives. They follow the Lord’s teachings” (Psalm 119:1).
Before you begin to pray earnestly, firstly read and meditate a Scripture portion. The Bible verses are Spirit and life. When you meditate them, they bring the heavenly fire to your heart. The divine love will begin to burn like a flame of fire. Then begin to pray.
George Muller, a famous evangelist says that the secret behind his ability to establish a deep relationship with God and to earnestly pray and receive His answers was his meditation of the Scripture. You can also read books of meditation like “Antantulla Appam”, “Streams of the rock”, “Daily Divine Power” and “With Christ Everyday”. These books are like propellers which make the plane fly higher and higher. Later, this will help you to dwell in the Most High and to arise and shine like an eagle.
Even when you open the Bible, open it with great expectation. Pray to say, “God, please open my eyes so that the secrets in your Scripture are revealed to me. Speak to me through the Scripture.” The verses of the Scripture will take you further and further nearer to God. May the scripture verse be a mental joy to you and a one through which you hear the voice of God. If there is a promise in it, hold it firmly and seek God with a right. If it is a voice of caution, listen to it and if it is a voice of command, obey it.
Scripture is like a park. Do not cross it walking fast. Sit in the park with God and the Holy Spirit and see what all are around. Watch some naughty squirrels which mildly run here and there. Enjoy the birds singing sweetly and fly spreading their wings. You will be sweetly guided into the Divine Fellowship if you begin to pray after reading and meditating the Scripture.
Many people are unable to pray for longer durations as their hearts are filled with worldly worries and problems. Some saints even go to the extent of undergoing some exercises and prepare even their bodies before going to the presence of God. Whenever you go to the presence of God let your heart be kept opened to speak to God and to listen to what He speaks.
As the deer pants for the water brooks, let your mind pant for the King of Calvary. Similar to how a child places its face on the chest of its father and speaks open-heartedly, speak to God. Prepare your mind for this and make it suitable for the purpose. The mind holds an important place in the prayer time. Seek the presence of God with thirst.
To meditate: “Do not be shaped by this world. Instead, be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect” (Romans 12:2).