It’s prayer time!!!!!
Ever felt like you didn’t know how to pray or what to pray for? I’ve been there and sometimes I still have a little doubt when it comes to praying but I am not here to tell you how to pray or what to pray for but to give you a peek into my thoughts about prayer.
Growing up I was taught the Lord’s Prayer (above) and that prayer is supposed to cover all the bases in your life, right? The Lord’s Prayer is a guide, a blueprint of how you are suppose to pray. As I got older I would pay closer attention to the grown ups around me praying and I remember hearing the Lord’s Prayer but they wouldn’t stop there. It turned into another prayer after the already semi-long prayer. I remember as a child seeing my dad on his knees for hours praying and I really thought he was asleep most of the time because I just couldn’t understand why someone would want to do that prayer thing in that way for so long.
I understand myself so well and I don’t like getting on my knees for anything, it’s a vulnerable position and who wants to be vulnerable. I’ve always been a prideful person since I can remember. Vulnerability just wasn’t the move for me. Its crazy but I don’t really remember praying by myself growing up unless it was praying over my food or my before bed prayer, you remember?
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake,
I pray to God my soul to take. Amen
I started a yearly tradition of praying when I moved to Atlanta. Every New Year’s Day I would sit down and pray over the new year ahead of me. It would be so long and I would write it out. This became the start of me setting goals for myself. I would frame the prayer and place it on my night stand to see daily throughout the year.
I was still not getting on my knees and praying and also wouldn’t pray around people. I definitely wasn’t praying out loud either. As the years have gone by I have heard so many “ways” that I am supposed to be praying that it all gets confusing. Praying is a honest conversation between you and God. You talk to Him like you would talk to your bestie but probably with a little more openness and honesty. He already knows what you have going on anyway.
He just wants you to trust Him enough to tell Him everything.
These days I am still writing my prayers in journals but I am speaking them out loud as well. I occasionally get on my knees although still a little bit of a struggle for me but I am working through it. I still get super nervous when I am praying around people (I hold my breath, not safe at all lol) and I am working on that as well.
I am no minister, pastor or bishop but I am a believer and I see how prayer has made a difference in my life and the lives of those around me. I have decided that once a week on Simply My Purpose we will have a corporate prayer time. If you want us to pray for you, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you would like for it remain anonymous simply put “Prayer Anonymous” in the subject and if you have a prayer and don’t want us to know the specifics simply put “Prayer Unspoken” in the subject.
I truly believe in its power and as time goes on I believe that you will to. I hope that you join me in this time where prayer is definitely needed more than ever for our lives and our world.
Hope to hear from you soon.