When your mind gets to worrying and the tears won’t stop, yet a piece of jewelry and obedience brings you back to peace- yea that was me last week.
With every life disappointment, heartbreak, death, and daily happenings, we as humans have to find the time to deal with life’s curve balls in ways that will deepen our faith. We can’t allow our heavy hearts to lead us astray or get to worrying- a lesson I was reminded of just recently.
No matter what religion you identify with, God is interested in your heart and prayer is the key to exposing that. Many times I would hear people say, “but I don’t know how to pray” and I use to find myself saying, “oh, it’s easy”, but in actuality many people don’t pray because they never had to or were never taught. We’ve all seen the grace of God due to a praying grandmother/ mother/father etc, but it comes a time in a one’s life where they must learn to know God for themselves. God hears prayers that come from a humble heart and we saw with King Josiah in 2nd Chronicles 34:27, his obedience and connection(prayer) to God spared him from destruction (literally). We can all learn something from King Josiah and is praying habits so I would like to share 5 simple ways that everyone who is convicted to connect with God can do to kickstart their relationship.
1. Just start:
Praying is simply talking to God. It’s you opening your heart to him and soliciting him to intervene in your life. You can start by saying, “Father God I come to you….” and go from there. Whatever is on your heart or troubling your mind just put it all out there he is listening. If you find it hard to just start talking-open a bible and recite the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).
2. Be expectant:
When we open our mouths to pray, we should do so expectantly. knowing that God is listening and God will provide for you. Know that God is waiting for to ask and he’ll do the rest. (John 16:24)
3. Be Authentic:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6). Pray because you want and need God’s guidance, not because others are doing it and
4. Be Consistent
I’m sure we all like consistency in our lives, especially in our relationships, so just like any other relationship in your life be consistent with God. It’s a connection that transforms from a habit to a relationship and comes with great benefits. The power of prayer is a unique feeling that once you start you’re not going to want to stop. It’s real!
5. Pray out loud
God hears both a silent prayer and a spoken prayer, but when you first start your prayer routine get use to speaking to God just how you would in conversation with your friends. Use this time to get comfortable talking to God and building the relationship, so that when you don’t have the strength to form the words he’ll still be there listening to your heart, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).