How do I pray
In the Psalms we are taught how to pray. The psalm are very honest. The writers speak of their joys, their fears, their anger. The swirl of their emotions pours out of their hearts and is offered to God – the good and the bad.
Prayer and Thunder
Poet Malcolm Guite reminds us that, “it is good for us to thunder back at God, if we need to. The psalms and Job are full of it and God is big enough to take it.” George Herbert, in one of his poems, calls prayer ‘reversed thunder’.
It is good for us to thunder back at God, if we need to. The psalms and Job are full of it and God is big enough to take it.”
Methods of Praying?
So we discover that prayer is not about using special words, or discovering particular methods. Prayer is about coming to God as we are. We do not need to convince God to hear us. Rather, he longs to answer our needs. Prayer is to a great extent about becoming receptive to the answers God longs to give us: answers that meet the deepest longings of our hearts.
Try a Psalm
How about trying a psalm, maybe Psalm 23 or 42, as a basis for prayer? And how about concluding with the Lord’s Prayer? – the other place where we learn that prayer is as simple as breathing.