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.