It is actually pretty awesome to think that we have a direct line to the Creator of the universe. In fact, He created you for relationship with Him and wants to have conversation. However, we often make a relationship with God more complicated than it needs to be. If you look at your best relationships, it is usually because you care about one another, you spend time together, and you value what the other has to say. The same things hold true for a relationship with God.
Prayer is simply talking with God. It is being honest with Him but also recognizing His ways are beyond what we can appreciate or understand. Prayer is not bothering God, making demands, bargaining or a way to prove your spirituality. It is a chance to sit at God’s feet and give thanks while seeking more of Him in our lives.
In fact, we should simply seek His will and the strength to accept it rather than what our own hearts may desire. He wants what is best for us and has a perfect eternal perspective. One person once said that if you knew what God knows, you would answer every prayer just as He does. This means we have to accept and trust that we won’t always understand why God responds as He does or why we don’t get everything we seek.
Find time each day to pray and talk with God. This will help you to start learning how to trust Him with everything in your life. There is no formula you have to use for prayer, but there are some things we should all consider. Jesus gave us an example of how to pray with persistence. Many others use a simple model that works well. It is based on the acronym ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
Adoration is expressing to God how great He is and how you love Him for it. Confession is admitting your sins and being accountable for disobeying Him so you can be cleansed. Thanksgiving is thanking God for His grace and forgiveness in our lives and expressing your appreciation for everything He has done for you. Supplication is asking God for help with the things in your life that need change as well as praying for others.
Make time each day to pray and talk with God. This will remind you of who you are and help you to start learning how to trust Him with everything in your life.