Whether we are Christians or not we will have witnessed and been on the receiving end of God’s kindness many times. One of the greatest things we can do for anyone is to pray for them. Prayer is the easiest thing in the world but can also be the hardest. It’s about making space with God and deepening our relationship with him. We don’t know what pattern of prayer Jesus had but we know that it was important for him to withdraw from his ministry to spend time alone with God to listen, receive support and guidance from him. Sometimes we don’t pray because we feel we don’t know how.
There have been many books written and there are many ways of praying but prayer to me is just a conversation with an old friend. How do you find your space for God? Are you an early morning person who finds space when it’s quiet or a night owl who spends time with God before bed. Maybe walking the dog or fetching the paper or if you have youngsters then escaping to the bath for a long soak or finding space at lunchtime is when you find your peaceful place.
When you’ve found your solitude with God, what are you going to do with it? Well, “Pray as you can – not as you can’t”. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another. Spending time with God is never wasted so don’t feel guilty about “doing nothing”. There is no right or wrong answer in the way we pray, no success or failure we just need to be as open to God as we can.
Whatever you do keep going even when you feel discouraged and feel as though you’re praying to the ceiling or to a brick wall. God is always there even when we think and feel that he is absent.
Barbara Chambers