Praying. A topic of great importance but one that is seldom discussed. I find this especially true with new believers. Many believe that it is a completely private act and that is partially true but I fear it is due to a feeling that people do it wrong. I know this due to the many times that I have asked someone to pray out loud in a group.
It is my opinion that many people are curious and just don’t want to ask. So here we go.
First and foremost, it should be one of the easiest conversations in your entire life. Conversation? Wait what? Yes, prayer is a two way street. No it is not like texting or calling on the phone, however it is a conversation. It is also a conversation with a friend. Even if you are new to the faith, God has known you since before you existed. He knows who you are and every hair on your head. Let us not forget, he died for you. So don’t talk to him like you just met.
If God knows me so well, then why did I need to tell him how I feel? Because he loves you, he wants to hear it from you. Yes, he knows your heart and wants you to tell him. He knows what you want and what you need but just as we as parents love to discuss things with our kids, it is the same with your Heavenly Father. Just tell him, it’s that easy!
How do I pray? God taught us how to pray. The Lord’s prayer is not only the most important prayer, because Jesus said that this is how to do it, but it is a guideline.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever, Amen.
And it could sound something like this:
Father, my faith and trust is in you. You are the creator of Heaven and Earth. Your name is above all and I know you are there. I give my life to you and ask that your will be done. I thank you for this day which you have created and ask that you will provide what I need to make it through it. Father I have failed you and have fallen short. Please forgive me for what I have done and let your mercy rain down upon me. I pray Father that as I go about this day, you will protect me from evil and trouble, and that you will walk by my side. For this day is yours Lord and I give my life to you. Thank you. Amen.
Now it would be presumptuous of me to think that I know what you and God should talk about. I just want to show you how I believe it should go. It doesn’t need to be rigid or necessarily written out. Just talk to him! He is your Father and knows what is on your heart.
There is one more thing I want you to remember. A conversation is not a conversation without feedback. So here is something as important as everything else: LISTEN!
After you have talked to your best friend and Father, let him talk to you. Be silent and let him fill your heart. Then, as you go about your day, pay attention to what happens and who you come in contact with. Don’t ask God to give you the opportunity to serve him and pass up the chance. If someone talks to you about problems they are having, or a joyous thing in their life, show them the one who is in control. Let them see Jesus in you. Pray with them, pray for them, sit with them, listen to them, just as Jesus would do.
Don’t be afraid. Just do it. Tell him your hopes, your fears, your desires, your failures and above all else, don’t forget to thank him.
In His Name,