Such a busy week. I’ve been going non stop and running a million miles an hour. Very grateful for some down time this morning. I thought about chipping things off my “To Do List” (cleaning, grocery shopping, dog bath, etc.) and not blogging but skipping out on my few readers didn’t feel right. I should make time for God. I should make time for His word. And I should want to make time for you! But more than “should”, I want to take time to share Him and His word with others. I want to thank him for what he has given me, what he has done for me, and I want to share that with you!
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)
Prayer is our best form of communication. We make excuse after excuse for why we don’t pray.
So I have come up with 7 reasons why we don’t talk to God, and why those reasons are lame:
1. “I’m to tired”- talking to God isn’t exhausting. You don’t have to do jumping jacks while you talk to Him. He isn’t like other people either, if you fall asleep talking to him, he forgives you! That’s grace 😉
2. “I don’t have my bible with me”- you don’t need your bible to pray. It helps understand God better and can definitely guide you through life, but it’s not essential when you are praying.
3. “I don’t have time”- make time. Saddest excuse because He always makes time for you. He never leaves your side. You don’t have to talk for hours- during a car ride, in the shower, while you are cooking or cleaning, even while you go to the bathroom. He is always listening.
4. “People will think I’m weird”- that’s ok. Be weird. “There are no ordinary people.” -C.S. Lewis\
5. “I just don’t want to.”- it isn’t something you should feel obligated to do by any means, and sometimes you may feel like you are forcing out words. But I promise, the more you stick with the “conversation”, the more you will actually want to and the more free flowing it will feel. Eventually you may even start to pray without realizing it!
6. “I don’t know what to say.”- sometimes, that’s ok. It’s the same as spending time with a friend and not knowing what to say. Silent quality time is still quality time. If you need to take long pauses in prayer, it’s cool, God doesn’t judge. Just pick back up when you can.
7. “I don’t know how.”- I am ending here and dwelling on this point because this is my least favorite because I have been there and favorite because I have moved past it. For years, I didn’t know how to start, how to end, what to say; I “knew nothing”. Or at least I didn’t think I did. But I soon realized, it is so easy! And liberating. And refreshing, exciting, entertaining, relieving, reviving; nothing shy of amazing. Just start with a simple “hey God!” or if you want more formally, “Dear Heavenly Father.” Follow with thanking him for whatever you can think of. Everything is a gift from him. Praise him for being the amazing God he is. Make your requests known to him. Ask for forgiveness when you need it, guidance when you feel lost, and earthly desires when you dream of them. Close out with “I love you.” “In your heavenly name.” “In Christ’s name.” Or simply put, “Amen.”
If you have never prayed before, haven’t prayed in a while, or still aren’t fully on board with it, I urge you to give it a try. Get rid of the lame excuses, and invest in Him, because Lord knows (<–see what I did there), He has and always will invest in you!
Praying with love, t.