I know a lot of people who when I talk about prayer look at me with this weird glazed over look. If you’re one of them, I apologize but here is the thing- when I pray- it brings me peace, joy, and solace. It helps me to connect with God and myself. It directs me and keeps me grounded.
Make your first thoughts when you wake up your prayer.
The pessimist, cranky lady in me often has to work REALLY HARD on this. My first thoughts when I open my eyes are usually of something I should’ve or shouldn’t have done (ie. eaten that sundae or stayed up for one more show.) Other times they just focus on the what I don’t have (children who sleep past 6:30.) I’ve loved focusing on the first thoughts and making them my prayer. Gratitude works (oh look my eyes open!) Or a prayer of surrender (God let me go where you lead me.) It can be anything that makes sense. Short and sweet, long and convoluted, written, in your heart, or spoken- they all work. The cool thing is there is no right or wrong. Just show up and be you and when you start your day this way you may be surprised where it leads you!
Pray in the shower.
Okay, stick with me here some people think this one is weird. But I find something oddly vulnerable and cleansing about praying in the shower. God’s not easily embarrassed and neither am I. So you don’t need to worry about that plus that whole knows everything thing, yea exactly no worries. I just love the feeling of closing my eyes and letting the water cleanse me as I ask for what I need. Sometimes I pray for others and just say intentions. Sometimes I pick one thing, I’m crazy like that. Don’t knock it till you rock it!
Specific ritual or timing.
Candles, bible, favorite prayer, inspirational blog post (ahem), whatever it may be if it’s ritualistic it can quickly take you to the place you need to go. A certain time of day can help with this, too. I have dreams of waking up every day at 5:30 sitting in my favorite chair, with my tea, my candle, and my prayer book. Sometimes I even make it happen but it’s not always possible for me. What time works for you?
Talk it out.
I love to pray aloud. It makes me feel slightly nutty but I’m generally okay with that. I just feel like spoken word works for me, so pray aloud. I usually do this alone, but hey if you’re not shy who cares. In the car. In my room. Wherever I just talk it out, I also am capable of doing this in my head. I just love the conversational aspect of prayer. It doesn’t need to be formal or only in certain places. Our relationships with God are fluid, personal, and always present, not just sometimes. That is so freaking AWESOME!
Which of these four ways do you want to try first? Or are there some you already do? I would love to hear from you!