Yes, we know it is taking the time to talk with God, but do we pray as a way to let others know what we are thinking - or what we know; or do we just truly talk with God, and others may be listening in? Is prayer the thing we do to put the final touch on "something" or is it the foundation upon which we build the "something" - the main ingredient? Is prayer the thing we take time for, because we are believers and we have to, but we really think we know what to do and what we want, so the words are just what we "say"?
What is prayer?
For most of my life, if I am honest, I have to say I had no real idea what prayer really was. I heard pastors pray, but truly had no idea how to pray on my own. I read books on prayer, tried this formula and that "recipe" for prayer, but none of them helped - they just left me more confused. It felt like the words I said never made it past the ceiling and I was not truly convinced God actually heard - or even honestly wanted to hear - my prayers. These doubts I had about prayer were lies from Satan and I believed them, so I rarely prayed.
Then one Sunday I heard a sermon on prayer by Ed Dobson, then the pastor at Calvary Church Grand Rapids, MI. This sermon changed everything! He said if we struggled with prayer, we could try praying Scripture back to God. No formula or recipe to remember and follow - just pray God's Word back to Him. This sounded like something I could do, so I sat down and worked my way through the Bible taking passages I found and making them into personalized Scripture prayers. I was finally able to pray!
If you struggle with prayer, as I have, then I'm happy to share with you some prayer helps. One is written by our Grandma with Heart - Sherry Schumann - I am convinced all of Heaven stops to listen when Sherry prays! You will find Sherry's prayers typically posted on Sundays. You will also find posts about prayers from the rest of the Grandmas with Heart, including some of of the personalized Scripture prayer I (Lynda) wrote as I worked my way through the Bible. If you do not struggle with prayer, I hope you find these prayer resources a help and launching pad for your own times of fellowship with God.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13,14
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