Praying used to intimidate me. And I am not talking about like a passing fear. I am talking intimidation to the point of not even doing it at all.
I remember when I was a kid, I prayed so hard for the little things–a sweet toy I wanted or a video game. But as I got older, I started formulating all these reasons in my head to get out of praying. It felt more like a chore than a gift.
People have many different reasons for not praying.
1. He never answers me.
(Are you listening for ALL the answers?)
2. I don't have time.
3. I am afraid of the answer.
(He knows best.)
4. I don't know how.
(Ask me. I'll teach you!)
5. When I do, I feel like I can't be honest.
(Join the Club.)
These are all rediculous points. As Christians, we all are amazing procrastinators. We are EXPERTS in excuses, and it kills our prayer life. Prayer should be a lifeline in your life, a main staple in this world to keep your sanity.
I am the worst at going to Christ in prayer when I need something, when I am having a bad day, find myself in a bad position, etc. No one is perfect.
But prayer is a privledge. You have been given the gift of being able to talk to the creator, you, one-on-one. And it DOES NOT always have to be good! Tell him that you're upset. Tell him you're angry! Tell him you don't understand! Tell him what is on your mind and going on in your life. The biggest misconception about prayer is that you have to constantly be happy about it. This is simply not true.
There does not even have to be a structure. A simple conversation with God like he is a buddy sitting next to you works as well as anything "formal."
So pray. It doesnt matter how. You just need to talk to God. He needs to hear you.
If you ask, you shall recieve.
It may not always be what you want to hear, but it is always what is best.