What is Prayer?
Prayer in its simplest form is communication with God, but as with all relationships, there are levels to this communication. When we partner in the act of communicating with anyone, we do so with the basic understanding that there are at least two parties present. God has been present before we even existed because He is the creator of all things. Our prayer life with Him, though, began as we became familiar with His presence.
How Do I Pray?
Our initial interactions with God may have been a plea of desperation, an acknowledgment of his deity, or a recognition of the power that led us to Him. However it transpired, this awareness produced prayer, pure and simple.
At the start of a relationship, we spend a lot of time talking and listening as we get to know each other. A similar dynamic happens as we get to know the God of our lives. We read the Bible, and we pray. We spend moments talking to God; we share our deepest thoughts or our superficial questions as they remove layers that lend to a deepening relationship. We do this dance where we pour out our hearts to him through varying emotions – love, joy, pain, anger, disappointment, frustration, and glee; and He, unlike us, is not shocked by any of it. He welcomes our thoughts and feelings.
But then we also have to do the difficult part of stopping to hear what He is saying to us, and this is where we are stymied. The silence throws us off. We think we have to fill the void with our words, and He says, “Be still and know that I am God,” Psalms 46:10.
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