I know prayer is important, but it’s a constant battle. Can you give some tips? [Video]

I really appreciate this honest question that someone submitted for Westminster Church’s monthly Q & A Forum.

If one person has it, I’m sure others do as well.

In the 10-minute video below, I more fully explain these seven points that I offered in response:

1. Prayer is downplayed in a world where we think that ‘actions speak louder than words’
2. We are in a state of war, spiritually speaking
3. Be consistent, whether you want to pray or not
4. Pray honestly and sincerely, not feeling any pressure to use fancy words
5. Use the Lord’s Prayer as a guide
6. Make a list
7. Pray in Jesus’ name and for God’s will to be done

Here is the video:

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Click here to read the blog “What did Jesus actually say about prayer? which I reference in the video.


  1. Your writings are always interesting and wonderful and inspiring.

    I haven’t shared my praise from you since the emails indicated
    there were so very many messages that you could possibly answered them all
    which I thought was a wonderful thing to hear !!!! You are my favourite on-line
    Spiritual. Writing of wonderful meaningful and touching messages of God and His Son.
    Definitely something we need to here this Easter perhaps then any other time.
    I will keep enjoy any new sharing but also rereading all of very many at least over 100 that I have saved that have inspired and granted my rest as wonderful pastor sharing you ,essayed Ogden Love from our lord and our saviour and our Heavenly Father,

    You must be a wonderful pastor…. your church is soooo fortunate to have you!!!
    I have heard you twice live, and I was inspired…. your printed words and your online readings and lessons have been captivating and meaningful !
    A happy Easter Blessings from our hearts through the teachings of our Heavenly Father!!!!
    Thank you
    Valerie Deacon
    Owen Sound , Ontario


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