Prayer is more than just words
Jesus said ‘”…when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you”‘ (Matthew 6:6 NASB). Just think about that for a moment. How many times have you sat in church and heard someone pray out a wonderful prayer with such huge words and clever images while you’re sitting there thinking a) I could never pray like that and b) how can God not answer that prayer, it’s amazing!
Well here’s an interesting thought: prayer’s not about genius metaphors or using massive words that rhyme! What God wants from you is a private conversation – just you and Him, where you’re real and honest and so is He!
When people say they don’t know how to pray, what they mean is they don’t really know the ‘in’ phrases. Well guess what, if you say ‘God you’re cool’, He won’t think your saying He’s freezing like a milkshake – He knows your heart and yes, He even knows slang (He even understands tongues remember!). You don’t have to get the words right. God just won’t care – in fact He’ll probably be more upset if you try to talk to Him like He’s the President because He wants to be your friend! There are no heavenly bonus points for using cutesy words or Christian jargon. You don’t even get extra points for a picture of a waterfall! Prayer is like breathing. It should be a natural part of us; what we need and do to survive. Chat with God on the bus, while washing up, even when you’re on the loo. He’s always there, always listening and desperate for a conversation!
‘”…WHEN YOU PRAY…CLOSE YOUR DOOR…”‘ Matthew 6:6 NASB