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 my emotions openly; without fear of judgment and speak to my Father about all the drama that was going in my life then.
There are so many books, seminars and programs on “how to” and “steps to” a better prayer life; however, people still ask the questions; “am I praying right”?, “how should I pray”? “what is the right way to pray”?. 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 speak with a person – is it that simple? Yes, it is. There are plenty of examples of different types of prayers, from all sorts of people, in various situations in the Bible, that we can learn from and use as patterns for our lives.
As an example, let’s take David and how he expressed himself in the Psalms; he was happy at times and sometimes desperate, but one thing about David was amazing; his honesty before 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.
When you take the time to read the Psalms, you will be amazed at how openly the psalmists expressed their emotions. For example, in 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 in 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.
Be encouraged to seek Him at all times!
Grace and peace