Here is the second of the three basics in your Christian journey. Jesus has promised to be with you on it too. Recently Phil, George and I attended a conference down south. It would have been odd if we had travelled without speaking to each other, but we had conversation, sometimes serious and sometimes light-hearted, times of quiet (and a little dozing off – not me, I should add as I was driving). But it was comfortable and natural. That is the hallmark of a relationship. So, the second basic to get in your routine is:
2. Pray everyday
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
If you know the Lord’s prayer there is no better way to start. Use this as a template or pattern for your prayers. If you don’t know it, I would really encourage you to learn it by heart. Again, daily is the key, but prayer is about relationship so just talk to your father in heaven throughout your day (probably not out loud is best!).
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For yours is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever
But the form of the words is not the important thing, honesty with your Father is the key. He knows you, loves you, and enjoys you bringing him into your day.
Personally, I find it helpful to start the day with prayer, and thanks for the day ahead. During the day I will simply bring requests and people to God as they come to my mind, either when I am working, or driving. Sometimes I literally get on my knees and pray. I also find that listening to worship music is a great way to have a dedicated moment of prayer. In short find a way that works for you and your circumstances. If you live alone it will be very different to a busy family home. And in case you hadn’t realised, God actually knows that. Commit to start or grow in this area. Why not use a simple trigger like an alarm on your phone, or a post it note on the fridge or computer screen. The more you communicate the more natural it will become.
I am praying for you.