Hey guys 🙂 Today I am going to be talking about prayer. It was one of my goals this year to pray more and like it, so hopefully this can give you some tips as well. I know that some Christians really don’t see the point of prayer or really just don’t know how to pray.
When I first started getting into my faith I didn’t really know what the significance of prayer was. My pastor explained it really well a few months ago. He said we need to start making time for prayer like we do for other things. He asked how long we talk to our friends or family each week? My answer was quite a lot. But then he asked how long we spend talking to God. My answer was not enough. God is more than just a friend or family member, but spending an hour in prayer each week kind of seems like a lot. We need to start spending more time with God just like we do with any other important relationship in our lives. How do we expect our faith to grow when we don’t spend time just talking to God?
Prayer needs to be a consistent habit in a Christians life. We should pray everyday and make it a habit to talk to God. With prayer, I think it is helpful to work your way up. Maybe start with a few minutes each day, but the more you pray, the easier it will be. I’ve noticed that just praying small little prayers through out the day help me think of God more. For example, sometimes I will say a quick prayer to God in the morning, thanking Him for the beautiful sunrise. The more I do that, the more I see God’s beauty and work in the world and the more likely I will remember to pray.
Something so important about prayer is that it gives God the silence to speak to us. When I surrender time for God to speak to me, I actually notice when He speaks to me. One time I was praying and the verses Romans 8:38-39 popped into my head. I didn’t know what the verse was, but when I read it I realized that it had everything to do with what I was praying about. So, even if you don’t hear God’s voice out loud speaking to you, He communicates with you through your thoughts and mind.
Ok, so now how do we pray and what do we really pray about? I personally like to write in a prayer journal every night. Then I can look back at how God works in my life. I also think that it is important to pray out loud if you can. I spend about 5 minutes everyday after my Bible study praying out loud. A method that works great for me is dumping everything out (what I need help with, what I’m worried about, goals, etc.) and then sitting in silence. The important thing is to get down on your knees and surrender everything to God. Among your prayers, make sure to be thankful and thank God for the good in your life. If you are like me and have a bit of a hard time realizing that you are speaking directly to God, try imagining Him standing there in front of you. Personally, I think of meeting Jesus in a garden where I can speak with Him. Imagining His face and His presence in front of me makes it easier to speak to Him (instead of thinking of Him as the invisible genie lol).
The last thing I want to say is not to be discouraged if you don’t have some miraculous connection or something while you are praying. The devil wants us to be discouraged, but don’t let him ruin your time with God. Even though we don’t think that God is with us sometimes, He is always there and may be working in our hearts or minds in ways we don’t notice. I always try to remember that God’s will is the most important. Although we may want something, we need to trust God and remind ourselves of that during prayer. It isn’t about us always getting what we think we need, it is about spending time with our Lord and trusting in Him.
ps. As I was writing this post I just got some good news about an opportunity that I had been praying about 🙂 God is so good!
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