many "well-practised" Christians find prayer difficult,
whether in the privacy of their own home, or (horror of
horrors) when called upon to lead prayers in public.
Don't worry, this isn't something that we do to
There are, of course, many different
ways to pray, just as there are many different ways
to communicate with anyone. How you do it will depend
on what you want to say, what situation you are in,
how you are feeling ...
in fact, any number of
different factors. The most important rule, I think, is "Be
Yourself, and Be Honest".
Imagine you are speaking with
your best friend. Your best friend will see through any
pretence, will know if you are sincere, will probably
know your worries before you say anything, and will
always respond in love, seeking only what is best for
you. Well, God is your very best friend ... only better!
He is more faithful than anyone, and can do for you more
than you could ever ask.
So treat him as a friend;
Shout at him if you're upset (you can always apologise
- Laugh with him when you're happy
(would you only speak to your best friend when you
- Seek his guidance when you are troubled, and
be prepared to listen, and if necessary wait, for
remember - the answer to prayer isn't always about
changing the situation ... you might find that it actually changes
case you still need help, we have put together some
resources to get you started. Please click on the links
to the left, and my prayer
is that you will find something here that