What do you believe about prayer? I’ve heard many people say lots of things about praying, and I’ve realized there are some common myths out there. Let’s talk about a few of them.
- Prayer is about me and what I want or need. Well, kind of, but not really. It is about you in that it’s about what’s happening in your heart. Because prayer is essentially communication with God, it’s one of the key ways your relationship with Him develops. So it’s about God too. And when you pray for other people rather than yourself, it become focused on them in that moment.
- Prayer is a one-way conversation. Like all communication, prayer goes both ways. It may seem like you’re the one doing all the talking, but when you stop to listen, you’ll find that God wants to talk to you, too. He may do it in a variety of ways: by reminding you of a Bible verse or a few lines of a song, bringing to mind a message you’ve heard, placing a thought in your mind that lines up with Scripture, or maybe just surrounding you with unexplainable peace.
- Prayer is just for tough times. Actually, prayer is an appropriate response for any situation! It’s for thanking God for the good things in life, for asking for wisdom when you’re confused or uncertain, for expressing your emotions to the One who loves you unconditionally, and for asking for help when you just don’t know how you’re going to make it through.
- Prayer is only for when all else fails. Maybe you’ve heard people say, “There’s nothing to do now but pray.” Instead of being a last resort, prayer is meant to be our first response in life. The moment you find yourself facing something tough, stop and pray before you do anything else. That simple act will help you remember that God is with you and actively at work in your situation. It will center your focus and trust on Him.
One more thing: You don’t need to keep your prayer needs to yourself. If you’re praying for something, I hope you’ll share it with us. We have a great team of people who would love to join you in prayer.