Prayer is as individual as the Christian who prays. Just as my conversation and yours with a mutual friend differs, our conversations with God are unique to us.
Many people pray to God as though speaking to a foreign ambassador: formally, in awkward sentences, with a long list of negotiations for a treaty. Others come to Him assertively, demanding that because of the blood of Jesus, He keep His end of the bargain and make their lives better. Some people approach Him with fear, always confessing sin, not grasping the depth of His love that already took it away.
My concept of God dictates what kind of conversation I have with Him. If He really does love me unconditionally and has made me holy already (Romans 5:8-9), I come to Him in celebration! If He promises to provide all my needs (Philippians 4:19), I approach Him with gratitude. And when I pray for others in the world, I seek my Father’s heart and ask Him how He sees the need. A prayer list suggests topics for my conversation with God.
For the Global Day of Prayer (June 12th), consider your concept of God: Who is He to you? How do you relate to Him?
Talk to God in the context of that relationship, and enjoy His Presence. His activity does not depend on the length, eloquence or frequency of our prayers.
He is God, and He accomplishes whatever pleases Him. What pleases Him most? His relationship with us: His children.
Jenny Evans is a writer for The Seed Company.