Praying With God.
Sometimes, we can really make prayer a big deal.
“Am I doing it right?”
“Am I bothering God?”
“I want to love prayer, but…”
Today, I want to share what I’ve learned about prayer over my years in relationship with the Lord and help you to normalize prayer in your own life so it can become as simple (and powerful!) as possible.
Years ago, I decided I wasn’t going to be overwhelmed by prayer any longer. I wanted it to be a normal, “everyday” activity. In essence, that’s what it is…just a chat with the Lord. Believe it or not, I would actually wake up in the morning, put on the tea kettle and start preparing a tray. I would set out a cup for myself, and one for the Lord, and then we would chat. I really learned about conversational prayer in that time and I would leave with a sense of connection and belonging that followed me throughout the day.
I love Hebrews 11:6, and specifically the part where it says, “he who comes to God must believe that He is.” That’s been a key verse to me. We have to come to Him knowing He is wonderfully loving and patient. Our understanding of who He is for us becomes the context in which we come to Him in prayer. It sets the tone for the whole experience.
Once you know the greatness of His love for you, your heart will expand, and so will your prayers. He wants us to pray BIG prayers. Not necessarily longer ones, but bigger ones.
That’s why I love crafted prayer so much. It allows me to write a powerful, precise and strong prayer and to come to Him not from my situation where I feel unsettled and frustrated, but from a place where I know how He feels about me. It’s an important entry point.
We have learned things in the world, but He is teaching us about the way of the Kingdom. He knows we are learning a Heavenly language, the language of prayer. Let Him be gentleness and kindness towards you as you are learning, and just enjoy that.