“Please help my sick goldfish live.” But my goldfish didn’t make it.
“Please make me 8-feet tall, like Daddy.” I’m 5’3” (or at least, I hope I still am).
“Please help me become a movie star someday.” I’m thinking that won’t happen, either.
Thankfully, God loved me too much to grant some of my funny childhood requests. While He has said “yes” to many prayers, some of my prayers still remain unanswered. I’m learning to accept that I may never get an answer, but God still wants me to pray. He wants you to pray, too.
Everyone struggles with prayer at some point. Praying to an Almighty, Unseen God can be tough—especially when you feel alone or hurt or afraid.
I’ve found that feeling guilty over a less than perfect prayer life doesn’t help me pray better. When I find it hard to pray, it usually helps to consider what prayer truly is.
Prayer is not really about our requests or getting answers—it is more about our relationship with God. It’s the way we communicate with Him. Sometimes, I forget that. I get so caught up in what I want that I forget it’s a conversation. Prayer is an open and ongoing dialogue with the Creator of the universe. It can be enjoyable and uplifting. It can remind us of God’s love all over again, like it is brand new.
Anybody can pray. No matter if you are “religious” or not. It’s important to persevere through the struggle to find joy and meaning in prayer.
But how? Here are some ideas:
Acknowledge who God is in prayer.
Jesus did this when He prayed, “Our Father in heaven.” For some of us, acknowledging and praising Almighty God can be difficult—sometimes we just don’t have the words. The Bible is filled with praise, so we can use words right out of the Bible, pairing them with our requests. C.S. Lewis said, “We delight to praise