Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 in Uncategorized
Talking to a friend of mine this week I was reminded of the value of prayer.
My friend did not previously choose to pray.
Since she began choosing to pray “Please, God help me…” on a daily basis she said her days on the whole have gone better.
It might sound weird, but as I have chosen to pray I have found it easier and easier to include brief conversations with God throughout my day.
– Please, God help me…
– Thank you…
– I’m sorry…
Perhaps you have not chosen to connect with God.
For thousands of years people have found this advice life-transforming:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 1
Here are a few reasons that I pray:
Gives us a safe place to expresses our feelings.
Provides a safe environment to sort through our thoughts.
Takes us out of the natural world and into the supernatural world.
Slows our hurriedness.
Creates room for silence.
Reduces our self-centeredness.
Takes into account that we are not self-sufficient.
Humbles us; we’re asking for help.
Changes our perspective.
Opens us to new possibilities.
Offers us hope.
Reduces our pretentiousness.
Exposes us to a life transforming opportunity.
Welcomes us into our Creator’s presence.
Pray give me an outlet for my responses to the pains in life. I can rant unfiltered. I can talk freely to God without fear of rejection or God thinking I’ve lost it. I can bring to God my concerns and God listens as I talk and cry about the sad passing of my friend Eric Lacher’s dad, and ravages of cancer; the destructive fires in San Bruno, California; the down-turned economy; wars and tragedies, tumultuous weather, and whose life was corrupted by TMZ today. I can talk about my feelings, my hopes, my dreams and my uncertainties.
All these things I can pray about knowing God promises to listen, care, and provide peace.
#mysilentscream: Please join me in the adventure of prayer.
1 – Philippians 4:6-8