If i’m being honest, my biggest struggle in my walk with God is prayer. I’ve made it my New Year’s resolution to pray more over and over again and nothing has really changed. I’ve started journaling my prayers a little bit this year and it has been quite helpful.
When I really think about it, prayer is so important. It connects us to God and shows him that we acknowledge and trust him. So looking back at my prayer life this year, I haven’t been acknowledging him or trusting him very well. I haven’t been inviting him into my life because I haven’t been communicating with him. How can he help me and comfort me if I don’t tell him what’s wrong? How can I show my thanks to him if I don’t tell him thank you?
In my favorite college class this semester, we studied a verse about how God is always working. He is always working. He is always, always working.
Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too, am working.” John 5:17
If God is always working and we are supposed to follow his lead, then we should be working also. It is not just a one-way relationship. If God is working for us, then we should be working for him. Working on our prayer is the first step!
I know now that if I don’t start talking to God, then I am not really giving my all to him. I am not trusting him and I am not really loving him if I don’t communicate with him. I’ve decided to come up with some simple things to help me this year (instead of making prayer my New Year’s resolution).
Keep journaling and journal more often. I find that when I write my prayers down, then I actually do pray. I don’t even have to write out a complete prayer, but by writing my thoughts down to God, I am focusing my thoughts towards him and acknowledging his existence.
Bring God into everyday tasks. I’ve found that I don’t have to make time to pray. I just have to make everything I do a prayer. I have to make little things like doing dishes, running, or even getting ready in the morning all about God. If I am constantly focused on him, then I am constantly praying.
Pray before eating. I know this is a common one, but I tend to skip it all the time. It’s such a simple task to see food and automatically give thanks. I feel like if I really am thankful, then I will start thanking God for what he has provided.
Stop making excuses, just do it. I make excuses such as forgetting to pray, being afraid to pray in public, or even just a simple “I’m so hungry, I have to eat now!”. It’s time to stop making excuses and not be ashamed.
It’s time to really be serious and intentional about my relationship with my Heavenly Father. No more excuses. He loves me so much and when I go days without praying, he wonders if I really mean it when I say that I love him.