“This is the confidence we have in approaching God, that if we ask anything according to His will, that He hears us.” -1 John 5:14
I wish more than anything that someone would have taught me some practical ways to pray.
I remember the anxiety I would have when someone asked me to pray aloud, because I did not know the right words to say. I would google feverishly, try to mimic how the pastor prayed at church, and even practice what I would say at home.
I remember someone I dated making me feel terrible because I was not comfortable praying aloud yet. Not only was it embarrassing, but it was frustrating. I thought it was just talking to God…but it seemed like everyone had made it to be so much more. & I was not ready for that.
I am here today to tell you that there is no one right way to pray.
If someone has a problem with that then they can go take it to Jesus because I really do not care. God just wants us to talk to Him, He does not care how we do it. Do not allow anyone to tell you otherwise!
If you just want to bow your head, close your eyes and say “Hey Jesus. I am having a rough day. Please help me get through it. Amen.” it is just as perfect to Christ as if you said a whole long spiel.
Personally now, my prayers are always different but I tend to say them in the same simple format:
“Lord Jesus, thank you for all that you have done for me and everyone in my life. Thank you for all of the things you will do for us all in the future. I ask for the forgiveness of my sins (sometimes I will name the sin I know I have committed recently) and ask for the strength to forgive others, including myself. I pray for __________ (people) and ______ (something having to do with myself). I ask you to fill me with your love so I may show Your light to others through myself. I love you. Amen.”
Your version of prayer may be different than mine and that’s awesome!! However YOU talk to God is what is right. Do not be afraid to say it out loud…you never know who may be listening and may want to use how you speak to God for themselves. 🙂
Pray often y’all and love deeply.