“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth”
As believers, we must be people who are knowledgeable in the things of God, and that includes in the place of prayer. We can’t know God any more than we know His Word, neither can we love God any more than we love His Word.
Because we are a people with knowledge, it is important that what we say or sing in the place of prayer shows that. Don’t spend your time wishing or saying words of condemnation. Say words that are consistent with His word (1 John 5:14) and your nature in Christ. An understanding of the fact that our feelings are not a reliable determinant for the state of our souls is very vital. The Word of God is the only reliable source.
That said, what are some present truths you must remind yourself of in the place of prayer?
You carry the presence of God. Many Christians find it difficult to pray because they don’t understand that God does not live in temples made by human hands but in them. So when they feel unworthy, they assume that they cannot enter the presence of God. But when you have this conviction in your spirit, it revolutionizes your prayer life. ‘I am the temple of the living God. He says he will never leave me nor forsake me. I have access to God because the Holy Ghost leaves in me. Hallelujah! (2 Cor 6:16).
Songs and prayers that declare that you are empty can sound very emotional. But are not at all consistent with New Testament realities. How can you be empty, when Jesus said about the man in Christ: “Whosoever will drink of this water will never thirst. Instead, out of your belly flows rivers of living water.” Instead of declaring that you’re empty or dry or thirsty, declare: ‘Out of my belly flows rivers of living water. (John 7:38). I carry the Holy Ghost. I’ve drunk a river. I’m a dispenser of spiritual gifts! My thirst is forever quenched in Christ. That’s how to pray!