Got such a long way to go with prayer but come so far over the years too. Rejoice that we have a God who we can tell all to! The good and bad.
There are such highs and lows in how I see prayer working. Sometimes it feels like such a marathon to keep praying. Sometimes I don’t want to bring something to God because I’m worried his answer won’t be the one I want. Sometimes exposing our problems to God feels dreadful because something inside us tells us to nurture our issues, worry over them and let them fill us up. Sometimes I just forget to really sit down and talk to him.
Because this, talking to God, is what prayer is and realising this was so important to me. Talking to God about anything, asking him things with absolute faith and belief that he might answer and daring to believe he can do absolutely everything is the most beautiful thing about prayer.
Go on, chuck him a prayer now. Or kneel down, leave some space in your day, light the candles. Dare to put everything before God. As a youth leader once said to me, which was actually great advice, turn off that worship music and actually listen and talk to God. Even if that’s lying on your bed. And don’t always be worrying about whether he’s listening to you, (he is) and whether he’s going to speak. Sometimes we just need to talk to him, not always seeking a response type answer. He might answer you in weeks or years. Just be patient and pray.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. – Jeremiah 29:12
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2