“I pray to God—my life a prayer—and wait for what he’ll say and do.” Psalm 130:5 (The Message Bible)
I have grown into a pattern of praying a “standard” prayer each morning—petitions for the health, happiness, growth, etc. of my family and friends. These days, I find myself talking to God throughout the day—without the formal, “Dear God” and “In your name, I pray….” I tell him what I’m thinking and what I want for my life. I praise him for the lake I sit by to write and for the ducks swimming by.
Developing a prayer life has been the hardest part of my faith journey. Perhaps it is because of the trite prayers I repeated daily as a child: “Now I lay me down to sleep…” and “Come, Lord, Jesus, be our guest….”
I’m glad to see children in church praying during the kid’s sermon by repeating the words of the pastor or teacher, phrase by phrase. What a great opportunity for children to stretch their prayer muscles! And, as I repeat the same words from the pew, I become better at praying, too.
Dear Lord, teach us to pray without worrying about the format or formality. Amen.