A Different Prayer

Prayer can be different things for different people in different seasons.

Psalm 102:1-28

Reference: Hear my prayer, Lord; let my cry for help come to you. (‭Psalm‬ ‭102‬:‭1‬ NIV)

Explore: A friend recently sent me this prayer:

Dear Abba,
Trust. That’s what it comes down to doesn’t it? Putting all my eggs in Your basket, the one that says I am accepted and loved beyond measure even if I’m inadequate, insecure, mistaken, or potbellied. Even if death, panic, depression, and disillusionment are as close to me as my own breath, trusting You means that I am not those things, that I am something more than those things. Faith means believing that I am Yours and You are mine, that I am who You say I am: Your beloved, fearfully and wonderfully accepted.

-Brennan Manning prayer

Application: For some people this prayer will speak strongly into their lives. For others it will just be nice words.

That’s what I love about prayer. It can be different things for different people in different seasons. Our God is big enough for them all.

Prayer is connection with God and one thing I have learned from the Psalms is that this connection can come with a variety of words and a whole mix of emotions. God is open to them all.

There are times I struggle to pray. I’m so filled with pain I don’t even have the words. God is okay with that.

There are other times when I waffle on and on about my daily tasks. God’s okay with that too.

God is bigger than any one connection we have with Him. May we continue to call out to Him, knowing He will receive all our prayers.

Prayer: Speak the words you need God to hear from you today.

Do you have a regular style of prayer you use to connect with God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.