Saturday, February 13, 2010

How do you pray?

I have said it many times: praying is hard for me, not impossible but hard both to faithfully practice and understand.

But how do you pray? How often do you pray? And what it is like?

Simple question but will there be simple answers?



  1. My husband and I start each day with Bible reading and then prayer. We sit together on the couch, hold hands and pray for our day, our family and any needs we know about. We pray, again holding hands with however many are eating together, over each meal. But my a continueous, on going conversation in my head, and sometimes on my lips, with my Jesus and God all day long. It's a life style.

  2. Susan has said it well. It is talking with your best friend.

    It is not form (may use form at times) but is simply the purposeful sharing of the heart and mind as one lives.

  3. For starters, I don't pray enough.

    I pray in the morning and usually throughout the day as people come to mind. My wife and I try to pray, but with two young-uns running around it has been daunting. We have not found a good balance in this area.

    I have found that small prayers like the onces I do doing the day are very cathartic. I feel like I am doing something to help the people around me, even if it is small.

    At least once a week, I set aside an hour to pray. It is hard, but the results are worth it.

    God Bless

  4. I try to live in a state of prayer ... some specific times but also as the Lord brings something to mind throughout the day or night

  5. Thanks all for sharing, it feels better to know that I am not alone - that having a structure to pray at least 30-60 minutes a day is not easy. I have been taking comfort (if I am allowed) in telling myself that I am in a "state of prayer" most of the time anyway but deep down I don't think that will cut it. So I have taken someone's advice and tried something to improve my prayer life. I realise that I cannot seem to verbalise my prayers that well - I cannot sit still not doing anything but make sentences in my head or heart for that matter. I was told that this writer Bill Hybels spends 45 minutes everyday to write out his prayer - not for posterity sake but for keeping his prayer time. I started doing and though I have not been doing it everyday, I find myself enjoying the time praying to my God. I hope I will keep at it, and I will continually pray that I will.