How do you pray? I imagine that question will bring up many different answers. People pray in different ways, at different times, and for different purposes. In this challenging time of stress in our lives, prayer is particularly important. Here are some of the ways to pray that you may find helpful.
- A conversation with God – Anytime, anywhere, you can close your eyes, open your heart, and have a one-on-one conversation with your God. As you lie in bed at night before you go to sleep is a good time for this conversation.
- Pray for someone – If you know someone who is in need, physically ill, or struggling emotionally, name them in prayer and ask God to help them in specific ways.
- Pray with someone – It is particularly helpful to pray with someone taking turns sharing concerns with one another. Due to current restrictions, we can pray together on the phone or on Zoom.
- Prayers of thanksgiving – Look for the good things in your life and simply say thanks to God in prayer.
- Prayers of forgiveness – We all do things we regret. God is always there to hear your confession and forgive your sins. This will help free you from guilt.
- Prayer as a cry of desperation – Sometimes we are OVERWHELMED with fear, loss, or physical suffering. Don’t be afraid to let it all out and cry out to God for help.
- Community prayers – Find a community of faith such as a church, synagogue, or mosque and add your voice to the prayers of the people. There is power in numbers.
- Traditional prayers – Get in the habit of praying the old favorite prayers that you may know by heart such as “The Lord’s Prayer” or table prayers before meals. Even prayers that come up from childhood such as “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” provide comfort.
The bottom line is simple – pray whenever and however you like. God is listening.