Honest to God Praying

One of the most wonderful things we can do on a daily basis is talk to God. We call it praying, but I like to refer to it as simply “talking to God” because sometimes the idea of “praying” can psyche us out – it sounds so religious, so spiritual, so theological. In reality praying, talking to God, is not all that different from talking to a friend or loved one. The difference is that it’s vertical communication instead of horizontal, and we’re taking advantage of the privilege of talking to the most important One in the whole universe.

I know, praying often seems hard to do. One problem is that our mind can tend to wander. Ever wonder why our mind wanders? I’ve learned over the years to see my wandering mind as a positive in praying instead of a negative.

C. S. Lewis, a great Christian thinker and writer, wrote in his book, The Screwtape Letters, that it was better to accept “the distraction as [our] present problem and [lay] that before [God] and make it the main theme of [our] prayers.” (Quote from Our Daily Bread devotional, “Being Real with God” September 8, 2018)

Obviously what my mind wanders to while I’m trying to sound so religious before God in my praying is what’s really on my mind; worry, troubles, an exciting opportunity, or even a tempting or sinful thought. Yes, I’ll admit that sometimes my worst thoughts come to me while I’m trying to pray! My wandering mind takes me to the place where I really am!

What makes talking to God more real and relevant is to go with the flow and talk with God about what is really on our mind. God knows everything, including what we’re really thinking about so we might as well be honest with Him. Once we deal with the wandering thoughts we just might be in a better place to talk to Him about some other subjects that should be brought before Him.

Praying, talking to God, doesn’t have to be, shouldn’t be boring or a drudgery. It can be a delight, a natural and meaningful part of our day or night, as long as we make it honest to God praying!

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it completely.” Psalm 139:1-4

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