I remember years ago, at some low point in my life, prayer was the only constant in my life. It was my safe place, my security, my therapy, my only hope at that time in my life’s journey. For me, it was a time where I could express myself openly, without fear of judgment and speak to my Father about all the drama that was going on the inside and outside of my life.
Books have been written about this topic, seminars have been taught about it, programs on “how to” and “steps to” have been developed, but people still ask the questions; “am I praying right”?, “how should I pray”? “what is the right way to pray”?. This is because prayer is not a system that you can learn, it’s a conversation with God. A conversation means that you are exchanging feelings, ideas, news, opinions and observations with others. So, that’s it, you talk to God how you would talk to a person – is it that simple? yes, it is. There are plenty of examples of all kinds of prayers, from all kinds of people, in all sorts of situations in the Bible, as examples for us to learn from.
As an example, let’s take David and how he expressed himself in the Psalms; he was open, emotional, happy at times, and desperate at others, but one thing about David, he was honest with God because he understood that God could see his heart, his thoughts and his innermost being. David did not measure his words, he expressed himself when he was angry, sad, depressed, happy, excited, feeling lost, grieving, celebrating and in all ways you can imagine. David is a perfect example of a man who had a conversation with God. Take some time and read the Psalms to see how David expressed himself – as for examples of desperate moments- Psalm 43:2 “For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy” and Psalm 22:19 “But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me. ”
Therefore, friends, pour out your hearts before Him in honest and open prayer, He will hear you and answer you in due time – Psalm 118:5 “I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place”. There is hope in prayer because there is hope in Him.
Friends, be encouraged to seek Him at all times!