The Dreaded B Word

bored-732192-m Free ImagesYoung children are so honest! One little boy piped up in Children’s Church this weekend, “Oh no! Not prayer time. It’s so boring.”

I feel like that more than I care to admit. And for me, I know why — it’s because I love interacting with people and seeing their facial expressions and hearing their immediate responses. That is what I dread at times in prayer — not receiving the gratification of an immediate audible and visual response. So, I mix it up.

Sometimes, I read a passage of Scripture and pray each phrase — talking to God using his words.

Sometimes, I get the conversation going by reading a Psalm, and then chat with God throughout the day about the thought that grabbed me.

Sometimes, I pray with my husband using a written prayer service and make it a 3-way conversation.

Sometimes, I pace the floor and pray loudly for all the people in my life until I can’t think of one more person. And then I thank God that he has already begun to work on their behalf.

Sometimes, I let a praise song lead my mind to heavenly places in heartfelt admiration of my Maker.

Sometimes, I tell God that I just can’t pray for anything else until he makes sense out of my jumbled up thoughts and heartaches;  and then I listen as I go about my day for his response.

Sometimes, I exercise and pray at the same time by taking a brisk walk outdoors — talking to God as I would with any other walking companion.

Sometimes, I watch the news and pray for each topic — asking for God’s will to be accomplished on earth as it is in heaven; and that he will raise up wise people to bring it to pass.

Sometimes, I just cry out, “Help!”

Sometimes, I write all of my prayer-words down in a journal , recording the answers as well as the requests.

But always, I approach God on the basis of faith with yearning in my heart to know him better — expecting him to not only hear my prayers, but also to personally respond in his time.

“Without faith no one can please God. Whoever comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who sincerely try to find him.” Hebrews 11:6 ERV

What are ways that you keep your mind and soul actively engaged as you go about praying?