Do you remember the first time you learned to pray? I can’t, but I do remember the first two prayers I learned which were:
1. Jesus wept
Sidenote: I’m not sure if this was really a prayer or not, but we would say it sometimes as grace before eating our food as kids. lol)
Don’t judge us, I’m sure I was hungry. lol
2. The Lord’s Prayer
However as I got older, after hearing people praying at church what I considered to be “elaborate prayers” I was less likely to pray out loud in front of others. Clearly, my prayers didn’t sound anything like there prayers. 💁🏽♀️
For example, I remember I was driving one day and talking out loud to God aka praying and I said, “You are a rock in a weary land.” Mid sentence, I stopped and said, “What does that even mean?!!!” I had no idea. 🤦🏾♀️
However, I heard someone else say it, so clearly it would be okay for me to say. Umm nah bruh.
From that moment forward, I told myself I would only use normal words that I use in everyday conversation to talk to him.
When I pray this is my communication with God, it has nothing to do with anyone else. I don’t have to repeat something I heard someone else pray either.
Furthermore, whether I pray and it seems like I am calling heaven down because of my articulate vocabulary or I pray God help me. Guess what? He hears both. Therefore, I prefer to pray the latter pray so I won’t confuse myself.
My prayers are something like this:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Forgive me for my sins.
It is me again.
Now God, today was a long day, that lady really made me upset.
Thank you for giving me strength to not respond and walk away.
I pray that you continue to cover me with your grace and mercies.
Send my guardian angels down to surround me.
I thank you for divine favor and connections with people I encounter on today.
In Jesus name, Amen.
In conclusion, after you start to pray you will build up a comfort level and your prayers will get longer. However, you can still say little one line prayers throughout the day.
Question of the Day:
When did you first learn to pray? And what was your first prayer?