Although it seems like it should be an easy task, to some, praying is not one. Sometimes, the words don’t come easily. It can seem like a chore. In this post, I hope to clear you from that trouble and make praying a fun and enjoyable time to draw closer to God.
Let’s start with a passage from scripture. This is Jesus speaking to his disciples after they ask how they should pray:
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'”
– Matthew 6:9-13
This is a great way to begin praying. It covers just about everything that should be put in a prayer. I recommend starting with this, if anything. But what if you want to pray for something specific? I have great news for you, it doesn’t matter how you pray. It could be a jumbled mess of words, but God knows your heart. He knows what you want and what you need.
Say, for example, that your cat has fallen ill and might be dying very soon. All you have to pray is something that conveys that you would like God to heal your cat so that it doesn’t die. Now, God could either answer this prayer three different ways, those being yes, no, or wait. God does not always say “yes”. Although He loves you and wants you to be happy, if what you ask for does not align with His will (for whatever reason, even if you can’t tell what His reason might be), He just might answer “no”. If God does answer “no”, there is definitely a good reason involved.
When you were younger and asked your parents for something, if they said “no”, there was a good reason. They loved you and didn’t want you to do anything that would hurt you or others. That is how God feels. You are his child, and He loves you. Therefore, He wants to keep you from as much harm as possible. At the time, however, you might not see in any possible way how His answer could be good for you, but as you matured and grew older, chances are that you can probably figure out why He answered the way He did.
If you think about it, prayer is a great tool. God, the creator of everything, loves you very much and wants to talk to you directly. That is simply incredible. Take advantage of this great tool and use it to draw closer to God. I don’t think that you will regret it.
Enjoy praying, it’s a great thing!