What does prayer look like for you? Maybe it’s praying before you eat your meals or thanking God for your day before you go to bed. Possibly, when a need comes up, you take a moment to ask God for help. Maybe it’s how you end a devotional by asking God to guide you to be a better person. You may even tell me it’s all of the above.
Sometimes we complicate prayer. We think there are certain words to be said or that it has to be a certain length of time, but what if I said prayer could be as simple as having a conversation? Throughout our day we can talk with God about anything and everything. He desires that kind of relationship with us.
With that being said, it takes two to have a conversation. This means we have to listen as well. Not the direction you thought this blog would take you? Were you looking for a guide on how to pray?
I think we are really good at telling God what to do. “God, help me get out of debt.” “God, heal my brother.” “God, give me more patience with my co-worker.” And the list goes on and on. But before I go any further, I am not saying that you shouldn’t be praying these things. God wants us to trust Him, so we should come to Him with our needs. In fact, if you’re in a situation where you don’t see hope, I encourage you to invite God into the situation.
What I am saying is while asking God for so much, how often do we take time to listen to what He has to say? We wouldn’t go up to our friend for advice only to walk away without giving them a chance to say something. Yet, we do that with God a lot. I’ll be the first to admit this.
Create some time and space where you learn to listen. It’s hard for us to do that when someone looks right at us and tell us out loud what to do. It’s even harder to do this when it’s not out loud. It takes time. Relationships don’t just happen. Trust and time must be invested in order for the relationship to grow. Let’s spend more time listening to what God has to say to us. Through His Word, silence, solitude and others, there is so much He wants to tell us. I challenge you to allow prayer to be a conversation where discussions between yourself and God are constantly and actively taking place.
When we are intentional about listening, it shapes our prayers.
“God, what should I do about my debt?”
“God, how can I serve and love my sick brother?”
“God, how can I love my co-worker?”
Our prayers then invoke a time to listen, transforming prayer into a true conversation with God.