Prayer? – talk to me

I’m working on an upcoming message on prayer for The Ave and wondering if I could get some feedback on it. Here is my description for the message right now:

Prayer. The very word conjures up so many connotations for every person. Some people say that prayer is one of the most natural things any of us do, like breathing or eating. We all long to communicate with God, but what is prayer really all about? Does it change things? Are there ways that we tend to pray that aren’t really helpful at all? What’s going on here?

I’m wondering what some of your biggest questions or hang-ups about prayer are. Any questions or thoughts to help me here?

12 thoughts on “Prayer? – talk to me

  1. Prayer can get to be a habit. Though it should be something that we do often, it can’t become meaningless… something that we do because we know we should, even if it is vital to our spiritual lives. Though our lives are to be a constant conversation with God, it takes a lot to get there. If you are constantly in communion with God, that means that you are constantly aware of His presence. Thats all i got.

  2. Prayer can get to be a habit. Though it should be something that we do often, it can’t become meaningless… something that we do because we know we should, even if it is vital to our spiritual lives. Though our lives are to be a constant conversation with God, it takes a lot to get there. If you are constantly in communion with God, that means that you are constantly aware of His presence. Thats all i got.

  3. sometimes i find myself, in the middle of praying, believing that no one is listening; like God isn’t there. i think this comes form the way i approach prayer, and the fact that sometimes i view it as an obligation or as something that i don’t want to be doing at the time even though i feel as though it is something that i should be doing.

  4. sometimes i find myself, in the middle of praying, believing that no one is listening; like God isn’t there. i think this comes form the way i approach prayer, and the fact that sometimes i view it as an obligation or as something that i don’t want to be doing at the time even though i feel as though it is something that i should be doing.

  5. think I’ve been hearing people talk about waiting on God lately…whether it’s waiting for God to heal in a hospital room or waiting for God to bring a job or an opportunity…
    I think I want to know how we can honor God as we wait and are desperate in prayer…
    and maybe how it can lead us to a more thankful attitude…
    because waiting is hard…

  6. think I’ve been hearing people talk about waiting on God lately…whether it’s waiting for God to heal in a hospital room or waiting for God to bring a job or an opportunity…
    I think I want to know how we can honor God as we wait and are desperate in prayer…
    and maybe how it can lead us to a more thankful attitude…
    because waiting is hard…

  7. I think I am kind of in the same boat as Luke on this one…a lot of the times I feel that I dont go to God in prayer enough and then I feel really guilty because I feel like a bad Christian if I dont pray enough. A lot of the times I feel awkward praying because I feel like I am forcing myself to pray. I dont know how to get past this feeling of constant nagging on myself. I want to be able to just go to God when the time is right, good or bad situations, and not have to even think about it. I put so much pressure on myself to be this “perfect” Christian (whatever that means) that I totally lost focus on what I should be focusing on and in reality it feels like I am pulling myself farther and farther away from my relationship with God.

  8. I don’t think that I’ve ever fully understood the importance of prayer. I mean… what does it really do? It’s a conversation, but what is the results of the conversation? I’ve heard my whole life that it’s important … but how? And on that note, how should I pray? Is there a special method? Is one way better then another? What about prayers that are written? Like catholic prayers, how do other denominations pray? Is that way better? How do you get to know God? And how do you hear stuff when you go silent?

  9. This is all great stuff for me to think through as I prepare for the message on the 20th of March. I think that so many people are struggling with feeling worn out by prayer. It’s like the idea of prayer weighs so heavily on us that we avoid it!

    God knows it should be the opposite – a source of refreshment, peace, and strengthening in Him.

  10. I think I am kind of in the same boat as Luke on this one…a lot of the times I feel that I dont go to God in prayer enough and then I feel really guilty because I feel like a bad Christian if I dont pray enough. A lot of the times I feel awkward praying because I feel like I am forcing myself to pray. I dont know how to get past this feeling of constant nagging on myself. I want to be able to just go to God when the time is right, good or bad situations, and not have to even think about it. I put so much pressure on myself to be this “perfect” Christian (whatever that means) that I totally lost focus on what I should be focusing on and in reality it feels like I am pulling myself farther and farther away from my relationship with God.

  11. I don’t think that I’ve ever fully understood the importance of prayer. I mean… what does it really do? It’s a conversation, but what is the results of the conversation? I’ve heard my whole life that it’s important … but how? And on that note, how should I pray? Is there a special method? Is one way better then another? What about prayers that are written? Like catholic prayers, how do other denominations pray? Is that way better? How do you get to know God? And how do you hear stuff when you go silent?

  12. This is all great stuff for me to think through as I prepare for the message on the 20th of March. I think that so many people are struggling with feeling worn out by prayer. It’s like the idea of prayer weighs so heavily on us that we avoid it!

    God knows it should be the opposite – a source of refreshment, peace, and strengthening in Him.

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