“I don’t know how to pray.”
“I’m not very good at praying.”
You may have said either or both of these sentences at some point in your life. I know I certainly have one time or another.
Praying can be intimidating for anyone. I mean, who wouldn’t be nervous to talk directly to the God of the Universe, the One Who spoke and created all that we see. We are mere humans. Who are we to talk to Him?
Listen closely to this next part…Prayer at it’s heart is simply a conversation with God. Fancy words are not required. Location is not important. It is about communicating with God.
God wants to spend time with us. In prayer we share what is in our hearts what scares us, what we are excited about. God wants to share with us, to teach us, to show us the next step. In talking with God we learn from God.
See, prayer is at the heart of being a follower of Jesus Christ. The focus of our discipleship is having an ever-growing relationship with God. We converse with God and listen to learn directly from Him.
So, as you are on the verge of faith look to how you want to talk with God. What do you want to learn from Him? How do you want to grow as a follower?
Here’s what I recommend for you as you begin your own daily conversations with God: find what works for you. Then schedule it in your calendar like a recurring meeting.
Perhaps you fell comfortable in your favorite chair and you journal with God.
Or you sit in a room in one chair next to an empty and you talk aloud to God.
Maybe you go for a walk/run/workout/yard work and you converse with God there.
However, it looks for you do it each day. Spend time with God alone to grow closer to Him, to learn from Him, to be with Him. Be not afraid to be with the Creator God.
Over time you’ll see prayer doesn’t feel so scary. It seems more natural. You may even find yourself talking with God outside your regularly scheduled times. That’s okay. Trust me, He likes it.
Possibly one day you might hear someone say one of those statements at the beginning of this post. If you do, share your story. Help him/her have their own story to share with someone else.
This Week’s Challenge
Find your own way to pray with God. Discover what works for you and schedule it into your calendar every day.