Talking to My King
"Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever
Matthew 6: 9-13 (KJV and NIV)
Yes, there are many ways to pray. I want to believe everyone has a different way of praying, much like walking or talking or thinking. There is no right way to do anything. Yes, I am a Christian, but I have not said The Lord's Prayer in quite some time. Now, do I pray? Heck yes. Every night, before I post on here, before I eat dinner, before I am about to strangle someone my school... Oops.
But I pray. For some people who aren't as religious, prayer to me is an action similar to meditating or going to therapy. I get all my thoughts out and explain them to a higher power and I mostly feel peace afterwards. To me, it is such a simple part of my day that leads me to instantly feel better that it has become a habit.
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
And if I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take."
I had a youth pastor once who began all her prayers with "Hey Dad". My mother wakes up and begins her day with prayers. My youth group ends our bible studies with a prayer circle.
I think the easiest view of prayer is like being on a phone call with God.
"Hey God, so it's me. You know why I feel empty right now, but you also know when and how I'm going to get out of this slump. Please bless my LU friends as we all make this transition and help us to stay in the moment. Please bless Zoella and thank you for inspiring her to post a video today, help her see you cause I really want to meet her in Heaven. Please hug Granddad and tell him that we miss him like crazy- help our mourning as we wait patently to see him again. Please bless Mommy and help her with The Polo House and all the junk that's surrounding her. Let Lindley and me find insight and the means of making this Mother's Day so wonderful to her. Thank you for all the blessings you've given me today and that I found Ghost Adventures on YouTube. I love you dearly and with everything. Goodnight, dude."
I know, I need to be a priest or something because that prayer was so professional and flawless. But I really view prayer as a casual conversation with a Father and his daughter.
I read somewhere,"what if you woke up this morning with only the things you thanked God for yesterday." If that were true, I would have YouTube and only YouTube. Sometimes when I'm going to bed I begin to tick through my day and that God for everything, from waking up to a fully charged phone to texting my friends until midnight. Once you begin to focus only on the blessings, you begin to realize how firmly God's hand is in everything you do and just how many blessings He has poured out to you just within sixteen hours.
I love falling asleep thanking God for my coffee and my microwave and my puppy's love for ice. I become more grateful than I really ever am and I draw closer to him because I start seeing all the ways he blessed me and renewed my grace throughout the day.
Say a prayer to Him tonight and don't just do it to check it off your list like a phone call to your parents, but more of a meeting with the most powerful man in this world who has agreed to give you anything you ask for as long as you will benefit from it in the long run.