I have been praying for more than 30 years. I can remember talking to God through all of my life’s watershed moments:
So you’d think by now I would have this prayer thing sorted.
But the notion of a two-way conversation with a God I can’t literally see or hear is, for me, one of the most elusive and frustrating elements of living as a Christian. I don’t remember anyone ever giving me a prayer starter kit.
I learned to read, write, complete mathematical equations and play guitar in a fraction of the time I’ve been praying. But trying to pray leaves me feeling like I missed a class everyone else attended.
Some days I think I’ve forgotten how to pray.
Perhaps I was looking for a formula for something that’s not meant to have one. So to find out what’s supposed to happen when we pray, I cheated. I asked my wife and kids.
Here is what they said happens when people pray — and I think they’re right:
How does this sound to you? Scary, intriguing, utterly confusing?
Prayer is a mysterious thing, simple but profound. Billions of words are prayed every day. God listens to them all.
My favorite person to pray with is my son Archie. Why? Because when he prays, he presumes God will hear him, and whether God’s answer is yes, no or not yet, Archie expects Him to answer.
That’s what I’m working on.
Maybe, like me, you struggle with believing you’re not good at prayer. Where do you go from here?
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