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Uncomplicating Prayer

Uncomplicating Prayer

Prayer in its simplest form is a conversation between yourself and God.  However, many women find it intimidating to pray.  What is it about prayer that makes some of us feel so ill at ease?  For some, it’s determining the appropriate posture, others struggle with what to say and/or how to say it, and many women wonder just how long their prayer should be.  If prayer has served as a source of intimidation for you, it is my prayer that this post will help to put your mind at ease.

Posturing for Prayer

Let’s begin with posture.  Whether you’re sitting, standing, or kneeling is insignificant.  Praying in a position that is comfortable for you, is what is important.  This is key because you want to be able to focus on your conversation with God and not on pain resulting from being in an uncomfortable position.  So, sit, stand, or kneel, whatever works for you.  We have been conditioned to pray with our eyes closed and for me personally it helps me to block everything out and focus, but if you prefer to keep your eyes open then do so

What to Say/How to Say/How Long to Say

Many erroneously believe that their prayer must be formal, filled with thees and thous or “big” words.  God is not impressed with our vocabulary or lack thereof, formality, or marathon prayers.  Matthew 6:7(NLT) confirms this: “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words”.  What He does want is honesty and sincerity; Simply talk to Him in your normal voice and tone openly.

Prayer need not be an act that causes you to feel intimidated or awkward.  Close your eyes or leave them open, take a deep breath, and let your words flow out.  Talk to your heavenly Father as you would to your best friend and when you’re done don’t forget to take the time to listen for any words He may have for you.

Pray It Like You Mean It

 

How do I need to pray?  Boldly and confidently:  “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

 

When do I need to pray?  All the time:  “Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Why do I need to pray?  For answers and solutions to all situations and problems, for healing/deliverance, protection/covering:  “Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
‭‭James‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Keep It Simple

Many of us shy away from prayer because we find it intimidating.  We cower at the thought of approaching “the throne;” we’re not sure of what to say or how to say it, if there are certain words we should use, if we should keep it short and to the point or elaborate, if there is a certain praying position we should use, and what we should do afterwards.  Just relax and keep it simple.  The main requirement is sincerity.

As is with most things, “practice makes perfect,” so it is with prayer.  I have an acrostic that outlines how simple prayer can be:

 

 

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