Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Way we Pray
I have seen many people pray in my life. The little old ladies at Catholic mass with their rosaries and the silent prayers murmured through tight lips. The out loud chaos of some television preachers. My own pastor, moved to tears, praying for a sick child or lost friend. Prayer means many things to many people. I believe in prayer, but I think some people are almost afraid of it, like they are not worthy to talk to God, or request something from Him.
Prayer for me was broken down to it's perfection in one sentence from a former pastor. "God loves you and wants a personal relationship with you. Personal. With me. Prayer, to me, is not formal, and I don't think it should be. God just wants us to show up and be with Him. I do think there are some awesome books on prayer. My favorite author is Stormie O'Martian. She has several that have helped my prayer life, The Power of a Praying Wife, The Power of a Praying Parent, both great, faith changing books. She has one out that I have been eyeing, The Prayer that changes Everything. Scary, but intriguing, I am dancing around it as we speak.
My point is, prayer is just a conversation with our Heavenly Father. Just show up. No formality, just talking. Talking about the blessings and the hurts and the hopes in our lives. Giving our lives over to Him to oversee. That is the toughest one, turning control over to God. But God never leads you to a cliff to drop you off of it, He knows you can fly. He knows you can soar.
Mark 10:27 says, "....With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
Powerful stuff. So today, if you haven't already, just show up. No fancy words, no alleluia chorus, just you, talking to Him and being with Him. The bible says if you draw close to God, He draws closer to you. Just show up.
What is your prayer life like? Going to God throughout your day will only improve it. Hand the difficult things over to God and then refuse to take them back. God can handle it, He did create the universe after all.
God bless you and yours.