Fr. Sanctus Mario
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How to Pray: The 3 Most Effective Guides to Prayer


Breakfast With the Word Thursday 11th Week Ordinary Time of the Year B


 Matthew 6:7-15.




It is so certain that we do pray to God. It is not debatable that many do not fail to attend prayer sessions and Holy masses at least every Sunday and even societies and meetings. However, the question for us is; how do we do them? How do we pray? 


It is good to note here that knowing how to pray is also part of the prayer.


In today’s gospel, after taking time to teach us not to do like the Pharisees, Jesus then shifts His attention and teaches His disciples how to pray. First, Jesus warns them not to pray like the gentiles and the pagans of His time who use empty phrases.


They think that the more words they say are ways to push God into action. Then gradually, Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray effectively. 


According to the teachings of today’s gospels, these are how to pray:


1.Never use Empty Phrases.


First of all, Jesus tells His disciples, to avoid using empty phrases when they pray. 

To fully understand this, let us go to the root. Empty means something that contains nothing. Hence, when there is no meaning in what one says or does, it is seen as something empty. 


Therefore, empty phrases are phrases that have no meaning. Often we hear people insert sounds and meaningless statements thinking that the more we do them the more God hears us. 

This does not mean that one can not be moved by the Spirit. What we mean here is faking it. Today, during prayers, some people only want to create a show, and making unnecessary sounds. 

Many Christians today are turning prayer to a level of only acting out. Sometimes, many of us think our prayer is not answered if we do not see any person fall or act out during prayers. We forget that our Lord Jesus spent most prayerful moments in silence. 

Therefore, our Prayers should come from the heart and inspired by the power of the Holy Spirit. 


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2.Make the Prayer Real. 


Empty also involves when we go to God and just utter the prayers without concentration nor meaning them.

Therefore, another thing to do on how to pray is to mean your prayer. Make the prayer real. Do it as if you are truly talking to someone. Make the prayer a true conversation. 

During prayers, we are truly talking to Someone, though a Spirit but He is true and alive. So, know that you are truly talking to someone during prayers. After praying to Him, take time and listen. He will inspire you. Therefore, let us understand that Prayer is a thing of the spirit.

At prayers, we do not just utter the words for the sake of uttering them. See it as a true conversation. This is how to pray effectively.

Jesus says “these people draw near with their mouth and honour me with their lips, while their hearts are very far from me” (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:8). So, prayer is not lip service but a heart to heart conversation with God. 


Sometimes, at prayers, we read the words in a book without truly making the words a prayer. Jesus is looking for worshipers whose spirits (i.e., minds, hearts, and thoughts) are engaged in what they say. Therefore, let us always put our hearts and spirits in the prayer that we say. 


God is searching for those who worship Him in Spirit and truth (. John 4:23). We should never hide behind fine-sounding words while our minds are very far away from God.


3. See prayer as A Conversation with Your Father.

When Jesus is teaching His disciples how to pray, the first statement, He says is “Our Father”. 

This indicates that before we come in the presence of God, we must know that we are coming to converse with our Heavenly Father, who is real, true and loving. Since, He is our creator, such conversation demands love, respect, and humility.

Do not rush your prayer, as if you are talking to someone who does not exist. Do not multiply empty words for the sake of doing them. Always Pray from the heart.


The gentiles and pagans think that to garner the attention of their gods that they must in essence pester them with a multitude of words, like the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18:20-40. 


At prayers, the number of words we use does not matter. What matters is the quality of your faith. This means that before we come to God we have to see that we are coming to meet “Our Father”.

We have to pray with faith that He is there listening to us. Let us not treat God like the pagans do. At prayers, we talk to Him like a child talks to the Father. To understand this is to understand the beauty of prayers.


This will help us to say the prayers with humility knowing fully that we are addressing our Creator and Father. 

It also helps us to pray with faith, knowing fully well that God we are praying to is real and exists. Let us always know that without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ( Heb 11:6). 


Therefore, when we try to open our mouth to pray, do not forget to mean the prayer. Make it real. Prayer is not a waste of time neither is it a drama. 


May God help us dearest and give us the grace to continually come close to Him. May He answer your prayers in a way you least expected Amen.


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  1. Anujue Ifeanyichukwu Godwin says


  2. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    Amen and amen



  4. Okwuchukwu Judith says

    Lord pls help me to concentrate whenever I’m in your presence

  5. Nwabueze chioma says


  6. Yolanda Malebatsane says


  7. Desmond Oloto says

    Amen 🙏.

  8. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen. Lord continue to give us the grace to build a stronger relationship with You. Amen

  9. Eririogu Fidelia says

    Amen. Thanks father

  10. Obizolu Assumpta says


  11. Mailoushi James says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr., to the glory of God’s name. Amen

  12. Helen says

    Amen 🙏🏼

    Thank you Padre 🙏

  13. Eberechi Mercy says

    Thanks parade , may God give the grace to pray well and have strong faith in him amen.

  14. Angela Ekere says


  15. Grace Yina says

    Amen, thank you Fr

  16. Olomu Chinedu says

    Amen. May our prayers like incense rise up to God .
    Good morning Fr. Thank you for these reflections.
    Do have a blessed day

  17. Michael Peter Enyilegu says

    Amen 🙏🙏🙏.

  18. Ugwu Grace Ngozi says

    Amen, remain blessed Fr. More grace of God upon your life. Amen

  19. Odoh Nneka says


  20. IBENEME Chisom says



    Thank you father, am inspired.

  22. Blessing Anne says


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  24. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen 🙏. Please Fr. why is today’s reading taken from year B , I thought we are in year C? I’m confused.

  25. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre God bless you plenty 🙏

  26. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus.

  27. Dodoh Peter Anthony says

    Amen. Lord, grant me the Spirit to know how to communicate with you. Teach me to pray. Amen.

  28. Ekwem Emmanuela Chiamaka says


  29. Jared Ogare says

    Lord always help me pray the way that pleases you

  30. Ifeoma Ugwueze says


    May the Lord also direct us on the right way to communicate with him through prayers in Jesus mighty name, Amen.



  32. Enibe Jacinta Amara says

    Amen.O God I believe in you but help my unbelieve.

  33. Rosemary Umeze says


  34. Kaycee Omeke says

    Thank you Fr

  35. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna says

    Amen. Thank you Fr
    God bless you.

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  41. Regina Mobu says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus for everything. Thank you father for all your encouragements.



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