“ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:6-7
Can I really talk to God?
You close your eyes, bow your head to pray, and then…nothing. After a few minutes, the day’s to-do list starts running through your mind. Your phone dings, and ooh, and look at all those notifications on Instagram! It doesn’t take much before your prayer time has come and gone without speaking a word to God.
Lots of Christians struggle with prayer. Many of us grow up hearing about prayer but never learning to pray. Others of us grew up in churches where the only time we prayed was during a call and response, or when we recited the “Our Father” together.
Prayer is powerful, but it doesn’t have to be formal. Prayer is simply talking to God about what’s on our minds—from our to-do lists to our friends’ latest drama.