Friday, February 20, 2015

Ice Breakers with God

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Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. 
Psalm 139: 23-24 NIV

We often think our prayers have to pious and ornate.  We listen to others pray and nod in agreement and think, “Wow, THAT is a good prayer.”

But prayer isn’t anything “special.”  It’s a conversation with God!  In all our earthly relationships we find that conversing with someone is MORE difficult in the beginning of a relationship.  But, as we continue to talk, we grow more comfortable and learn more about them, which leads to more conversation and a greater closeness with the other person.

Maybe, to get comfortable with prayer, we need some Ice Breakers with God. 

How about the old stand-by Three Truths and A Lie?

God:  I love you, I created you, I sent my son to die for you, aaaaaaand…I covered the world once in a flood.

Me:  Well, it’s really hard to believe you love me and that you sent your son to die for me; buuuut, I’m going with the flood thing.  That just doesn’t seem possible.
God:  Sorry, they’re all true-I can’t lie.

Hmmph…on second thought, forget about the ice breakers.

How about just some “conversation starters?”  Can we pray in answer to some of these questions?

  • When did you first meet God?

                God, you’ve been with me since the day you created, and I’m so thankful that you came into my heart when I was 8 years old. Thank you for standing by me and carrying me through some of the darkest times in my life.

  • What keeps you up at night?

                God, I just worry so much that we’ll never get approved for Medicaid.  Can you put peace in my heart that, no matter what happens, you will provide for us and I have nothing to fear?

  • What are you thankful for?

                God, thank you for my amazing family and friends.  Thank you for the beautiful area in which we live.   Thank you for this journey you have given to us.  Continue to bless us with your presence and strength.

  • When do you feel God the strongest?

  • When do you NOT feel God?

  • Whom do you need to forgive?

  • For what things do you need to make amends?

You see, prayer is us just talking to God, continually, without ceasing.  It is one of the BEST ways to get to know Him better.  

Pray:  Father God, thank you for giving us such an intimate relationship with you that we can come straight to you with any of our needs, or even just to talk.  What a tremendous gift that is.  Amen.

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