Oh my goodness….praying. Are you a rules person when it comes to praying? Do you have a million rules in your head about how it’s supposed to be? Words you are supposed to say? Is there supposed to be a start and stop time? Certain words you say at the beginning and the end? Is there a certain length of time for a “GOOD” prayer?
The best advice I got about praying was when I was taking voice lessons. We weren’t even talking about praying, but I got some great advice. See, I LOVE to sing.
Love. But I would hit the break in my voice between my upper and lower registers (formally known as my passaggio) and then lose all of this strength in my voice. I would be belting it out, move to a note in my upper register, and bam….I went from operatic to preschooler-atic. It was bad. So I decided to take voice lessons.
When we started working on transitioning through my passaggio, my voice instructor said, ” Singing should be as easy as talking. Your strength comes from your core, not your vocal chords. Don’t push so hard. Tighten your core and have a solid foundation. Singing should be as easy as talking.”
When we are turning on our spiritual radar, let’s turn off all of the unnecessary rules. Let’s rewrite the voice instructions:
Praying should be as easy as talking. Your strength comes from your core, not your presentation style. Don’t push so hard. Tighten your core and have a solid foundation. Praying should be as easy as talking.
If Jon, my husband, was with me 24/7, I think it would be odd to say, “Hello, Jon. I’m going to talk to you now. (Blah, blah, blah, blah). Okay I’m done now, Jon. I’m not going anywhere and neither are you, Jon, but I’m telling you good-bye anyway and I’m not going to talk to you again until I say ‘Hello!’ again, Jon.” That would be just….awkward. Strange. But we do that with God all the time. We say, “Heavenly Father, ” and pray for a while and then say, “Amen.”
But…neither of us go anywhere.
It’s like that awkward feeling when you leave a restaurant and hug your friend good-bye only to keep walking in the same direction because you parked two cars apart.
It makes sense to begin and end a prayer when praying in a group because we want everyone to be on the same page. But in private prayer(?) Is it necessary? Or is it just some expectation we think we need to fulfill? I mean, it’s fine…but…is He going somewhere when you are done talking? Are you? Why not just start talking to Him and let life happen?
Why not just begin to be aware that He’s with you all day? And just….
It’s just a thought.
The devil tries to make us feel guilty for not remembering to pray more…but praying is just talking.
Praying should be as easy as talking.
Dare: Start praying now. Every time you think of Him or have a thought, just be aware that He is hearing your thoughts. Talk any time.
Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Side note: I’m sure I drive grammar people crazy because I start sentences with conjunctions like “and” and “but” which is grammatically incorrect. Also I use ellipsis constantly and more for pause, not for omission, like they are meant to be used. Sometimes I break the rules. I’m more concerned with meaning and tone. I do apologize if it messes with your head though.