In all your times, times of joy, thanksgiving, sorrow, disappointment, trouble, just have a plain simple talk with God.
Yes, prayer is talking to God. When you are with your best friend do you try not to talk to them? No, you want to talk to your friend, you want to tell him your hopes and plans, to ask for his help.
Well, when you have faith in God you know that He is your best friend through Jesus Christ.
God is always there, always ready to listen to you. There is nothing you can’t tell Him. Of course, He knows everything already, but He still wants us to pray to him. Though God desires to talk to us and spend time with us through prayer, it is also for our benefit, because we need a relationship with God. The point is, talk to God, because that is prayer. Sometimes when I can’t seem to get my thoughts together enough to pray, I write down what I am feeling, what I am saying to God. Don’t forget to listen too, to be quiet before God. You don’t have to be constantly telling Him something, or asking Him for something. “Be still and know that I am God” – Psalm 46:10. Be aware of God’s power and our security in Him. He is omniscient (all knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere), and omnipotent (all powerful). Because God is who He is, we can trust Him and surrender to His plan.
Some people think that a church is the only place to pray, and God is happy when you talk to Him there. But that is not the only place God will listen to your prayers. Jesus prayed alone in quiet places (Luke5:16), He prayed with others (Luke 9:28), He prayed at the home of his disciples and followers. He prayed in nature, in the garden and in the desert, on a mountain (Luke 6:12). He prayed at all times, He prayed in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. He prayed regularly, Luke 5:16 says, Jesus often prayed. Jesus prayed for himself, as we see in John 17 and Jesus prayed for others (John 17:9).
Not all our prayers will be answered the way we expect. Someone once told me, there is no unanswered prayer, God either answers yes, no, or wait. Wait and no can be a challenge! Once again we look to Jesus, to see how He handled it. In Matthew 26:36-44 we see that He prayed and said to God “Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (NIV).
Karen O'Leary is the the Program Manager at New Beginnings. She has her BA in Bible Theology and her Masters of Divinity. She has 8-years of experience as a Social Director at a non-profit organization helping those in crisis with financial assistance, brief supportive counseling, and being a spiritual presence in their time of need. In her free time Karen enjoys reading, cooking and traveling.