I am a dad in a house full of women. Between Valerie, my 2 daughters, and Gracie our dog, there are 4 women to this one man. My youngest daughter, Brightyn is only 8 months so her days consist of nursing, learning to crawl, and sleeping, but my oldest daughter Brooklyn who just turned 3 loves to spend time with daddy. If I am in the room or in the house in any room, she is right next to me. Her favorite things to say to me is, “Daddy hold me” and “Daddy come play” or my favorite “Daddy dance with me.” Oftentimes when I am sitting on the couch trying to watch TV or read, she just wants to sit next to me and talk. She will tell me about her day, or her drawing, or the dogs, or anything that her mind can think of. She loves to talk to daddy, but she also listens. When I talk to her, she remembers what I said and will bring it up in later conversations especially when it comes to ice cream or going to Disney World. Even though Brooklyn is only 3, I cherish our times of conversations together and hold these very close to my heart. When I was thinking about Anchor Movements “Back to Basics” series and how I could easily explain ‘what is prayer’ I felt GOD was reminding me of my conversations with Brooklyn and the time we spend together just talking about whatever is on her mind.
Many times, when we are new Christians, we wonder how to talk to GOD. As more mature or older Christians, we wonder sometimes if GOD is even listening especially when we are facing difficult situations or trials. I know that I have felt this way before and I’ve also felt intimidation when it comes to praying to GOD. Even the Wikipedia definition of prayer sounds daunting:
Prayer is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication. In the narrow sense, the term refers to an act of supplication or intercession directed towards a deity, or a deified ancestor.
If you google “What is prayer,” over 768,000,000 search results are returned and within that number are countless other sub results which is why I wanted to write this blog post. Prayer shouldn’t be this complicated undertaking, but it should be a simple conversation with your Father GOD. Just like me conversations with Brooklyn, GOD just wants to talk and listen to His children. He wants to give advice, direction, and wisdom to His kids just like I want to give those things to my daughters. It’s not about routine or rituals, but it’s about a conversation. Conversations are two ways, talking and listening. If all I do is listen to Brooklyn talk, then she will never gleam any wisdom and if I never listen to her than why would she want to talk with me in the future? Prayer is a simple conversation between you and GOD. 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18 puts it like this:
‘Pray continually, Rejoice always, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ' 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV
In all circumstances, pray. Just like you talk to your spouse or loved ones throughout the day, talk to GOD the same way. He cares about every single part of your life and He wants to be able to give you wisdom and directions in all areas. I like to use a simple example when someone asks me about prayer: When we moved into our new home I needed to fix the gutters on the back lanai. As I was standing on the ladder drilling in the end caps my screw slipped and fell into the grass. I got off the ladder and started searching for my screw. Normally I would just grab another, but this screw fell right into a part of the yard where the dogs and kids play so I didn’t want anyone stepping on it. As I searched and searched, I couldn’t find it anywhere. In my frustration I asked GOD, “Where is this screw?” He answered, “Up and to the left.” Sure enough, when I looked up and to the left there the screw laid. God cared about me finding that screw and He knew exactly where it was. GOD wants to have those kind of conversations with you. Don’t let intimidation or religious culture keep you from having daily interactions with your Heavenly Father. Start today with a simple, “Hello” and see where it goes from there.
In our next two blog post, we are going to explore “How to pray” and “How do I hear GOD’s voice” and what the Bible says about the how to’s when it comes to praying. Until then, take the first steps today and just talk to GOD. He loves you and wants to listen and talk with you every day. If you’d like us to pray for you, your family, or something going on in your life, leave those requests in our comments section or click here to our connect page.
Over the next several weeks and months, Anchor Movement is going to focus on a series called “Back to the Basics” where we answer and define what it actually means to be a Christian. We want to answer some of the questions that new and old believers have in their walk of faith. Some examples include, “How to study the Bible,” and “Why should I go to church.” If you have a question you’d like us to answer or explore on the blog, go to our connect page and leave your response or visit our Instagram page here and leave your response in the comments.