We hear about the “sinners prayer,” but what a lot of us need is “beginners prayer.” If our mommies n daddies didn’t pray with us when we were little, where would we have learned how to talk to God? Now we are embarrassed to ask. And awkward around the One we know we need.
No matter where we started out in life, our prayer life is going to echo those early years.
I can still remember my first feeble attempts many years ago, in a darkened clothes closet. I had started reading the Bible, maturing in my faith for the first time. But when it came time to actually talk to God, I was shy. Not even sure if I should address Him as “God” or “Jesus” or even “Sir.”
I tried them all out in that dark closet, my children playing in the other room. “God, Sir” when I started out. “Jesus” when I had more scripture under my belt. (You have to be braver with that one, because the world’s been trying to ruin it, make it a cuss word.)
And He met me there in the dark as my eyes slowly adjusted to the tiny crack of light under the door. Our eye pupils won’t open any faster no matter how much light we have. He whispered to me that my spirit was the same. That all I had to do was share my heart with Him and He would then share His with me.
And it soaked in and “showed” me things in my soul. Ways to hear what He wanted me to think, do, choose. I remember like yesterday touching my own ears and crying to Him, “I see!” and feeling His gentle “nod” in my spirit. I knew, from then on, that hearing from Him was as simple as wanting to, choosing to, being still and listening. And understanding that it wasn’t going to be audible, not “heard” with my physical ears. “Heard” in my soul. The rest grew from that, because, frankly, there was no one else I trusted enough to ask back then.
Scripture is plain that He doesn’t care how or where we pray, just that we DO pray. Talk to God the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit. All one. The only “rule” I’ve seen in scripture is not to pray to show off in front of others. (Matthew 6:7) He means it to be a loving relationship. Our best one, for sure. Maybe our first one.
He must love us perfectly, to be so patient and humble. Takes some of us longer to realize it because we never had it before.
Pray without ceasing I Thessalonians 5:17
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2
…we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes
for us with groanings too deep for words Romans 8:26
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5