I met a beautiful lady last year during a five-day conference on disability at a Methodist church in Raleigh. We got on right from the start! Ours was a friendship like biological sisters, except of course, it was brief.
One day, I was discussing something personal with her when she cut me short and said, “Talk to God.” Have you ever talked to God? She added. It hit me! First I thought she meant praying to God.
“No,” she explained. “You don’t raise your hands towards the heaven, close your eyes and start saying, “Holy Father in heaven I thank you, I blessed you and all that stuffs.” That’s too formal!”
When she was through with me, I realised God desires a friendship with us and not a rigid approach from us. Many of us are too fixed on the conventional platform of prayer that we do not create the atmosphere of informal relationship with the Almighty.
Do you have a boyfriend, girlfriend, father, mother, child(ren), wife, husband, closed colleague, mentor(s), or many more? How do you communicate with them? The way you interact with your family members and friends is not the exact way you will with your boss or customers. This is because you do not know them 100% or share your personal life with them.
It is exactly the same family relationship or friend relationship that God wants from you. Besides, He knows you even before you were born[Psalm 139:16]!
Change how you pray throughout this New Year. Rather, practice talking to God everywhere you are. You don’t have to bother whether you’re doing it right or wrong. There’s no perfect way to communicate with Jehovah. You can choose to go crazy like Gideon [Judges 6:17] and ask Him for signs. But don’t doubt Him like Thomas [John 20:25-26]. You can choose to write poems to Him like David wrote some of the Psalms.
Talk to Him when you go out running.
Talk to Him in the gym
Talk to Him when you’re taking the children to school or taking them home.
Talk to Him in the middle of your board meetings.
Talk to Him when you get confused about your research.
Talk to Him in the shower, in your toilet, on the bus, in your kitchen, when you sad or happy, when you are meditating or among the crowd.
It does not have to be aloud. Think of Hannah [1 Samuel 1:13] and you will master the art of whispering to God. As a matter of fact, talking to the Lord should be a one-to-one affair.
Don’t stop talking to God! He loves it!