Confession time: I grew up in the church, but didn’t always pay attention. Ages 0 to 18, my behind was in a pew on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday evenings. There is no way on this planet that I could ever say that I was not properly churched. But to be completely honest, it was really hard for me to relate to things that other Christians were talking about. Especially prayer.
People would talk about praying like it was just a regular old chat with a friend. Or they would use the words, “thee” and “thou” to address God, and it kind of freaked me out. I felt like it was wrong to have too casual of a conversation with the Creator of the Universe, but I also felt like I wasn’t cut out for the Shakespearian language. So I just didn’t do it.
I may have grown up in the church, but I’m a new Christian. And it’s a great place to be, but it is also a kind of uncertain place too. You may have hit a low point in life, you may still be struggling, and you are also trying to start a relationship with God. It’s a lot to take in at once, and it’s hard to know where to start.
Is There a Right or Wrong Way to Pray?
In my personal experience, I feel like there really is no right or wrong way to pray—especially when you’re a beginner. I think that when your heart is in the right place, God listens. If you have faith and are confident, God will take care of you. It says in 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” God will provide in His good time and ways.
Where Do I Start?
But if you are someone looking for a way to get started, a prayer guide might be perfect for you! The Prayers with Purpose for Women is a great tool for guiding your prayer life. Subjects covered by this prayer guide include marriage, family, friends, career, heath, finances, and even stress! Along with the prayer guides are corresponding scriptures, so following along with a Study Bible or Journaling Bible could help you with getting some of your Bible reading in! And let’s not forget the men! There is a wonderful One-Minute Prayers for Men to help you jump-start your day with God! The book covers topics such as family, health, sexuality, success, temptation, and work. Another great book if you are a new Christian could be Bible Basics for New Believers. This book will help you learn the basics of Christianity and be able to follow along with topics you might not be familiar with when you are at church or a Bible study!
God won’t always magically give you the answer you want after prayer. He might, but it is important to be prepared when you have to face the big N-O—especially in the beginning of your faith journey. He will always listen, but His divine plan may not line up with your worldly wishes, even when you have good intentions. It’s a hard concept to grasp no matter what stage you’re at in your faith, but in the end God is always faithful. That is why building your relationship with God through prayer is so important! The more you pray, the more you trust in His goodness.
You’ve Got This!
So when you’re just starting out, give yourself a break. Simply talking to God is a big deal for you. And maybe you like using “thee” and “thou” to address Him. Maybe you really prefer to address God as your best bud. Maybe you need a prayer guide to help you along! But I think the important thing is that you are giving Him your time, your mind, and your attention. The way you pray will become established and more complex as your faith journey continues. So just be patient and let it happen. You and God have a lot to catch up on, and He is most certainly listening to every word.
How do you stay in prayer? Whether you are a new or seasoned Christian, share your thoughts on prayer below!
Hey, y’all! My name is Hannah and I want you to join me on my personal journey to seeking Christ daily! Together we will laugh, cry, and learn to have a little fun while bringing glory to God! Like it says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”