This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
When you pray do you get down on your knees, fold your hands, bow your head and with your eyes closed begin your prayer?
As children, that is the way some of us were taught to pray. That is a great way to speak to our Lord, but prayer does not have to be that formal. Praying when we feel the urging can mean praying while standing up with your eyes open. God wants us to talk to Him under any circumstance.
The two things that are good to keep in mind when we pray are reverence and concentration. Praising God is a good way to begin a prayer. God knows our every need before we even ask, but He likes to hear from us. God loves to hear from His children, as we who are parents love to hear from our own children.
The writer Kahlil Gibran speaks of prayer in The Prophet. He says:
“You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.”
Just as we would say to our loved one “I love you” or “thank you,” God also would love to hear these words when we pray to Him.
Gibran closes his essay on prayer by saying about God:
“Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all.”
It is good for us to talk to God, pray to God, however we want to communicate ...but let’s do it today and every day!