Prayer is simply talking with God.
There are no formulas, no secret codes, no tip-toeing around because you’re afraid of God’s lightening bolts.
We’ve talked about the subject before (click here) but recently a thought struck me, which will not leave me alone.
Go to biblegateway.com and type in prayer. 61 New Testament references pop up!
When I scrolled through the list, here’s what I learned:
- Jesus prayed A TON and taught on prayer A TON during His earthly ministry.
- The early church prayed A TON together and anyone who ended up on their prayer list got prayed for daily.
- Miraculous things happen when Christians pray.
Obviously, most Christians can’t spend all of their time in their prayer closets. (For all of my non-churchey friends, a prayer closet is not an actual closet, but wherever a Christian talks privately with God.)
And even though the early church gathered a lot in prayer, all of them had everyday lives, too.
This is where my persistent thought comes in.
I know that praying is simply talking to God and I know that the Bible shows us the how, when, and why of prayer; which is why Christians need to always be in a spirit of prayer.
So why do I say “Amen” every time I pray? I’m supposed to be praying continually…
If I’m talking with God all day long, why not just start the morning with, “Good morning, Father!” and then chat with him all day, ending with “Amen” after our nightly bedtime chat?
It is possible that I am really overthinking this whole thing.
I just know that being in a spirit or attitude of constant conversation with God means that my every thought, my every action comes out of a healthy relationship.
However, I realized the other day that I tend to treat God as my sidekick when really my life belongs to Him. He’s not along for a ride with me–it’s actually vice versa!
When I say “Amen” at night–which means “so be it”–I want it to reflect how my every thought and action that day contributed to our growing relationship.