Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually.
—1 Chronicles 16:11 (NRSV)
In my early days as a Christian, I struggled to understand the importance of prayer. I didn’t see the point, and because of that my spiritual growth suffered.
Over time, I learned that without prayer I didn’t really have a relationship with God. It was absurd to think that I could call God my friend without talking and spending time with God. So I went to some friends and people in my church and asked them questions such as, “What are the right times to pray?” and “What is the right way to pray?” I learned that praying is all about the heart. No matter what we say, God is always there.
Prayer is a journey into the great relationship we have with God. It is a privilege! Praying isn’t about what we are doing; it’s about what we are looking for — a deeper relationship with God. If we seek with open hearts, God will do the rest.
Dear God, help us to remember that we can pray to you anytime, anywhere, and about anything. Thank you for always listening. As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV) Amen.