Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Prayer is unique because our relationship with Jesus is unique; and it’s unique for every situation.
Praying can be intense or it can be the simple act of talking to God in our mind while we’re doing things. Praying is nothing more than talking to Jesus, like we would each other or our best friend…
There is something really beautiful about being able to sit and talk to someone who listens, without any form of judgment or condemnation, no matter what honest feelings are shared.
We can talk to Him about anything that comes to our minds, in any position; whether it is out loud or with others.
As we learn to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit, He will urge us to pray about something or someone specific… go ahead and do it without worrying if there is a right or wrong way to do it. There is your way…and that’s perfect!
He does not want ritual or religious repetition. He wants you in all your ways; even if those ways are behaviors like anger (even anger at Him), depressed, concerned, scared or even happy. He wants us especially when we’re happy; because that is the time we most likely forget He’s there.
More than anything, He wants us to talk to Him with an open honest heart. A willingness to expose those feelings we want to hide naturally out of fear or pride and embarrassment. Remember, we can share anything without having any fear that He will be mad. He won’t. He loves us… just the way we are!
Let’s trust ourselves to believe we can hear Him. His voice is gentle and never pushy, although it may be urgent at times. His Word tells us who He is. He never violates who He is and what He says about Himself, EVER!
Be at ease with prayer. There are no rituals concerning prayer nor are there in having a wonderful relationship with another person and God qualifies as a person.