“Let us pray.”
(Did you have an innate urge to bow your hear and fold your heads? I certainly did.)
Many people hear that statement and get nervous. They don’t know what to say or how to pray. What if one says the wrong thing? Will God get mad and stop listening?
What is the best way to pray?
To best answer the question we must first understand what prayer is.
It is communicating with God. It involves both talking and listening. We share with God our thoughts, feelings, concerns. He, in return, comforts and cares for us, share His love for us, let us know what He has planned for us. Prayer is a two way conversation. We listen and learn from God.
Prayer is not a vending machine. We cannot go through life doing everything on our own and when we are unable to get what we want we turn to God to make it happen. Prayer is the time we spend with God communicating and building our relationship together.
Prayer helps us practice the Missional Life Habits of “Be Present” and “Listen and Learn” We put away the distractions and spend time with Jesus alone. We share our highs and lows. We listen to learn what God has to share with us. We simply talk with God in a conversation.
So, how can you pray?
You can bow your head and fold your hands. Another way is to go to a quiet place, sit in a comfy chair maybe with a cup of coffee and talk with God. Or go out for a walk/run/bike ride. The exact how of prayer looks different for each person because everyone’s relationship with Jesus looks different.
However you pray focus on being authentic with God. Share your honest thoughts and feelings. Be open to hearing from God and learning new things from Him.
Keep it simple.
Keep it real.
Talking with God does not have to be fancy with archaic sounding words. It can be a casual conversation like one you would have with one of your friends. What is most important is building the trust and relationship between you and God. Prayer is the communication tool you use to do just that.
This Week’s Challenge
Find time each day this week to talk with God. Write in a journal. Go for a walk/run/bike ride. Sit in a comfy chair and talk with God over a cup of coffee. However you pray listen to what God is telling you.