The Perfect Prayer
When someone first told me I needed to “pray daily” I thought that my prayers had to be wordy, thoughtful, and worthy of God. After all, this was what my college pastor, my mentor, my therapist, and my friends all did. But is this what God expects of me everytime I pray to Him? That’s a big fat, NO. I can’t tell you how long it took me to realize this. How many times I would pray in front of people or to myself, and feel an anxiousness wash over me as I racked my brain for the right “Christian” words to use. No one ever asked me to use words like atonement, tribulation, or intercession. No one asked that my prayers would be “perfect” or that I wouldn’t stumble over words and say “um” 7 billion times. (Okay, that last one is an exaggeration.) What God does ask of us is that we pray daily! This doesn’t mean pray perfectly daily.
Without prayer, our souls and our faith will suffer. Without prayer, we’re not giving God even the opportunity to show us how he’s working directly in our lives. Prayer is necessary. But, don’t let “necessary” guilt you into kneeling by your bed each night without heart. Let it push you forward into asking God for things, small and large, so He can show you how He performs miracles. John 16:24 says “Ask and you shall receive..” Let God show you this verse in action!
To be honest, I find it hard to pray in quiet, I find it hard to pray with noises, I find it hard to pray no matter what my surroundings are, I think it’s always been this way. It takes time to find your “prayer niche.” For me, it’s writing my prayers down since my train of thought is off the rails 90% of the time. For you, it could be praying out loud, praying with worship music in the background, or praying in the absolute quiet. God made us all differently, and we worship Him in all sorts of ways, thank Him for this!
“Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.” - James 5:13