Considering my unconventional style and approach to prayer, I was pretty clueless on how I was going to spend today "The National Day of Prayer". Like any other day, I didn't wake up with a morning prayer and of course I forgot to pray before each meal. I have to wonder, did I fail at prayer day? Of course not.
You see I'm one of those forgetful people and I hate making plans or schedules. God decided to accept me and love me for this so I just ask him to deal with my special prayer habits. Basically I just pray like I tweet. I'm random, inconsistent, sometimes funny and sometimes deep. I pray all day every day. God is always there so when I have a question I just ask and when I need help I just request some kind of answer to guide me in the right direction.
Patience and listening are two important parts of the prayer process that many people forget about. Some people pray every day for the same thing and become frustrated when they don't get a direct answer in a timely manner. I have come to realize that God gives the answer in crazy and quiet ways and he also has the best timing ever. Being open minded is a huge part of the process as well. If you are praying for one specific thing, God might answer that prayer but in a way that you were not expecting. This happens to me a lot so I'm always on the look out for "God Answers" in every aspect of life.
I'm not much for traditions and as you can see I'm a little crazy at my approach to serving God. We each have our own individual relationship with him. God appreciates my sense of humor. He knows I'm crazy in love with him and the life he has provided for me. He also knows I'm doing my very best to share his love with the world. And for that, I think he appreciates my eccentric style and unique personality.
My challenge for those who are reading this tonight or whenever is this. Pray right now even if it's just a sentence or thought in your mind that is directed to God. Just think of it as a telepathic message you are sending up either thanking him, asking a question, or requesting help. It doesn't have to be long or official. Example: "God, what's up. My life sucks. Can you help me figure it out?"
Peace and Hearts