How do I pray?


Do you ever have trouble thinking of something to say when talking to a good friend?  Probably not as you know each other so well, you just chatter away about life in general or things that are on your mind.  I have a friend that I talk with often but sometimes we actually run out of things to say, so we end the telephone call and say to each other speak later.


It shouldn’t be any different when we talk to God, however, there are times when we know it would be good to pray but just can’t think of the words to say.  Maybe we don’t feel confident talking out loud to God, or forget He is listening and wants to help.  Does that ever happen to you?  We call a conversation with God prayer, but in reality, prayer is just talking with someone who cares.  Someone we can trust with our situation, problems, heartache, temptation or whatever it might be we need help with.


Someone came up with a simple idea to help us lay a foundation that helps build up our confidence in prayer and in turn our faith.  If it helps, we can put hands together in front of us in the way we expect prayer might be, however, that isn’t necessary but is helpful for our reflection today.  In prayer we can close our eyes so there are fewer distractions, but it doesn’t really matter whether eyes are open or closed.

So, how do I pray?


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The next time you want to talk with God and you can’t think of anything to say, this is a good way to lay a foundation that helps build that relationship with Him, that He so desires.  Before you know it, you will be talking so much you might just run out of things to say.  The Bible tells us in 1 John 5.14-15, ‘Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him’.




Dear Lord, we thank you for being able to just come and talk to you as our friend in prayer, but even friends sometimes have trouble thinking of something to say.  Help us to remember this simple approach to make it easier to start a conversation with You as we bring everything to You in prayer, in Jesus Name, amen.