Many ways to Pray

I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. ~Ephesians 1:18-19 (CEB)

Despite growing up in church I always felt that I was not good at praying. I have learned that there are many ways to pray since reading the book “50 ways to Pray”, by Teresa A. Blythe. I have always held close the scripture from Romans 8:26 that says when we don’t know what to pray the Holy Spirit will pray for us but this book about prayer helped me to see the different ways there are to pray. It helped me to see that I already prayed with song, when I painted, when I smelled flowers or listened to birds sing. Prayers could be felt as I rocked my children to sleep. Reading the Bible and thinking on God’s truth and how they apply to me was praying. Any conversation I have with God is prayer. Silence and waiting on Him is prayer. Maybe silence is the most important part. We often feel uncomfortable with silence and tend to fill it but part of praying is listening for God to speak to us.

Even after reading “50 ways to Pray”, I still felt that my word prayers needed some work. How surprised I was to discover that the Bible is full of prayers. This prayer that Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians is beautiful. “I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believes, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers.”  I love the words he uses and I can take his words and model my prayers after them. The Psalms are also a wonderful place to find inspiration for prayer. The Psalms have some of the barest emotions you will find. A few years ago I started marking the scriptures in Psalms so that when I needed hope, or a way to express joy or sadness I can easily scan through until I find verses I feel apply to my situation. I can even find verses in Psalms that express anger towards God or toward my life’s situations. The Psalms are some of my favorite scriptures.

Once again I stand amazed in Your presence, O Lord. You tell me that you will meet all my needs, even the need for words in the prayers I lift up to you. You will not leave me stranded even in the prayers that I speak. Thank you.

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