- Written by Karen Sammons
I’m reading a book on Prayer.
Well an eBook, on kindle, on my phone, but that still makes it a book right?
Since I started I’ve paid a lot of attention to the way others around me pray, and I’ve had a lot of people voice their struggles with prayer, public prayer especially.
I took the time to think over my own prayer journey when the last person said to me they couldn’t pray in public, and considered how I went from too shy to not afraid! And it wasn’t easy, for me it was connected to my sense of being unworthy of God’s love, unworthy to be a part of the church, feeling that I wasn’t accepted and in fact was far too broken for the shiny plastic people around me.
Most days I don’t struggle with those things anymore, if we don’t go to God when we’re messy then we’ll never get to Him, that’s when we need Him most and when He loves on us the most!!
But if you are struggling I want you to hear this.
- Jesus found His identity in God, He said in John 5:30 that He could do nothing on His own.
- Jesus didn’t let the world distract Him, with all the people he healed, he focussed on them one at a time, He slowed down and poured out love.
- Jesus understood and showed us the need to connect with God alone.
We are designed for relationship with God, but like any friend we spend time with, He not only deserves our best time, he deserves our focussed attention.
Turn off your phone, put your laptop aside, go to a quiet space, and tell Him about your day, your struggles, the desires of your heart, your weaknesses, your pain, your dreams. And it’s ok to do that out loud. Worried someone will see you and think you’re nuts? Pop your cell-phone earphones on so it looks like you’re on a call!
The more time you put in, the easier it gets…and I don’t mean hours on your knees! Just like with a friend who lives nearby, the more often you talk, the better the friendship becomes. Give it a try!
The better your prayer relationship in private, the less painful it is to talk to God in public.