Talking To God

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

There are many ways to talk to God. Two of my favorite ways are through prayer and journaling. I don’t have a favorite time of day to pray. I pray throughout the day. I don’t have special prayers that I pray either. I just talk to Him like a friend. I don’t have to have fancy words or pray like a Bible scholar. He just wants me to be me.

“What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” – Luke 12:3 (NIV)  I know He hears me. That’s part of what having faith is.

I have a friend who has a gift for praying. When we go to lunch, she seemingly prays all the right words and does it without pausing. She always knows what to say at that moment in time. I don’t have that particular gift. I’m not sure most people would call how I talk to God – praying.

One time, having had a particularly stressful day, I said, “Lord, What were you thinking?” I wasn’t being disrespectful – I was being myself. Psalm 18:6 (ESV) says, “In my distress I called upon the Lord; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.” He already knew what I was going through but He wanted to hear it from me. My prayers are not remarkable to anyone but Him. I know I can be myself and not fear what others think. I continued talking to Him that day as my best friend, and best friends don’t judge.  

Another favorite way I love to pray is through journaling. I have kept a journal for many years. Sometimes, it’s easier to write things down than to say them out loud. When I journal, I write about all kinds of things. I usually do it in the evening before I end my day. It’s just another way to unload the burdens I carry. At the end of that day’s entry, I will often write a prayer and say what I am thankful for. I can’t think of a more poignant and meaningful way to end the day.

Heavenly Father, You are such a merciful God. You never judge those who come to You in prayer and supplication. You carry us through our troubles with such big shoulders. Thank You for Your guidance and wisdom. Thank You for allowing us to come to You in prayer by whatever means we are comfortable with. In Your name, Amen.

Written by: Laurie Davis

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