What do you think of when you hear the word prayer? For many, prayer consists of recited words that were learned as a child. Some people hear the word prayer and immediately shut down from the idea of praying because it triggers years of religious baggage. But for most of us, prayer is how we ask God for something when we need it.
To me, prayer is a simple conversation between me and God. As my relationship with God continues to grow, so does my conversation and prayer. I used to recite prayers at night because that was what I was taught as a child. When I went to church, I would recite prayers without understanding the meaning behind them. As a child, I learned that prayer is a way of going to God and requesting something.
As my relationship with God developed and grew stronger, I learned much more about prayer. Prayer is not only about asking God for something, it is also about thanking Him and asking for forgiveness. It is also an opportunity to let go of our problems and turn them over to God. I started practicing this kind of prayer in my mid-thirties and major changes started happening in my life. I don’t know if the act of prayer actually works,or if it simply helps to ground me each day so that I am able to recognize the answers I receive through prayer. I believe it is both.
Take a moment to reflect on your life. What are you grateful for? What do you need forgiveness for? What do you want God to provide you with? Have a conversation with God in your own words talking with Him and sharing with Him your gratitude, your mistakes, and your requests. Lastly, end your time with Him submitting your expectations to Him by saying out loud, “May your will be done, not mine.” God knows what is best for us. He knows the outcome of each and every problem we are enduring. God is good and wants to help with our problems. Because of the gift of free will, we must seek and ask through prayer.
Peace and blessings,