22 Oct Praying: Just Speak To Him
Praying! Praying! Praying! If you’re like me, studying the bible seems easier to do but we definitely know that we have to pray; it’s necessary and rewarding.Few months ago, I decided to be more intentional about praying. I knew I had to make the needed changes, I was already slipping back into the “huh prayer zone– that feeling of regarding praying as a chore or burden”. Oh well, I wasn’t the only one that needed to do more in the prayer department and knowing my friend was also in that phase, I was a bit excited that I could have an accountability partner so we got on with disciplining ourselves for a better prayer life.
Over the months following, I have learnt some things about praying that seemed to help improve my prayer life, I still choose sleep sometimes but I also enjoy praying better than the huh prayer zone times and I have decided to share some of the beautiful lessons and hope you get inspired to get on with the discipline of having a better prayer life.
It’s only right I start with God. We can’t do it on our own. Express your desire to God, ask Him to help you and I’m sure you’ll be more confident knowing you’re not alone on the prayer improvement journey.
Acquiring knowledge on prayer also helps. I started a book on prayer “The heart of a woman who prays by Elizabeth George” and it’s pretty amazing reading stories about victories through prayer. I get to read about reasons why we don’t pray, what to do about it and encouragements for the prayer life we desire. The more I know about prayer, the more I desire to pray and love to spend time talking with God. Reading your bible also helps, I mean it’s the most complete book so you’ll find so much on prayer and that boosts your desire to pray. All these just energize you for the work involved in having a better prayer life. Don’t be deceived, having a better prayer life requires a lot of discipline but then the benefits are just awesome.
You could also keep a prayer journal. It’s a really beautiful idea. So you get to write about your own prayer journey, what you’re thankful for, keep a decision-to-make section so you can pray about those decisions whether big or small (it doesn’t matter, God cares about everything in your life), testimonies and your lessons about prayer. It’s a really wonderful journal to keep and whenever you’re about slipping into the huh prayer-zone, reading through this journal could give you that boost to get up and just talk with God and actually enjoy the fellowship. Also, having a prayer list helps you pray about everything and anything; since you have a list then you actually remember to pray about it instead of worrying.
Another thing that helps is having an accountability partner, someone you can talk to when you’re slipping and when you just want to talk about your prayer journey. It’s amazing to have someone who you can hold hands with to pray or be there to pull each other up when the world tries to keep you down. Together, we are stronger; and with God, we are unbeatable.
So there probably isn’t a general formula for praying, just talk with God the way you know how and you’ll grow into maturity ; you could relate with Him as your father, friend, helper, brother, lover; doesn’t really matter how you start, just start! He wants to talk with you so please talk with Him, He always listens.
Although, I find it harder to pray when my heart isn’t right or I’m playing with sin, which makes sense; you don’t find it so easy to talk and spend time with your parents when you’re being naughty. So get your heart state right, clear out the filth, don’t play with sin and run to Him, you’ll be so glad with the feeling of peace that comes in your heart.
I also recently learnt about “God’s phone number” – JER333:
“Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own. – Jeremiah 33:3 (MSG)”
Reading this post isn’t the answer to how to pray, it is to inspire you to just speak with Him. Not praying allows worry to creep in but “the way to worry about nothing is to pray about everything”
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. – Philippians 4:6-7 MSG”
I’m so glad you read this and I’m open to keep learning about prayer so please share with me in the comment section.
Enjoy speaking with God, learn from Him and let Him take care of you.