5 ways to pray

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Although I haven’t talked much about it yet, I have a very close relationship with God. My Church and my relationship with Him have been a big part of my life since I can remember. But I understand, sometimes it’s hard to pray. It sounds silly, but it’s reality. We all get so wrapped up in life that when we sit down at night we sometimes come up blank, we simply don’t know what to say or how to say it. Here are my top 5 favorite ways to pray when I feel that I am in a rut:

1.) Write it down:

Writing is obviously something I enjoy. I’ve always loved writing but I never really thought of it as a way to pray, until I saw this post from Sadie Robertson. (If you don’t know who she is, look her up! She’s a member of the Duck Dynasty family, but she also models for ¬†Sheri Hill, is becoming an incredible young entrepreneur of her own and also serves as a wonderfully Godly role model for young girls!) In her post Sadie talks about a prayer she had written for her future husband.

2.) Read a verse:

This is something I have actually done for a while now. I like to sit down with my bible and flip to a random page or jump on Pinterest to find a bible verse quote. Once I have one chosen I kind of analyze it for a while. If it’s in my bible I highlight/underline phrases I specifically like and write little thoughts in the margin. Once I finish this I begin to apply it to my own life and pray about it to God.

3.) Draw a picture:

For this one I usually repeat the same process as I do when I read a verse, but I like to throw in an extra step and doodle a little. I grab my favorite Papermate Flair markers and write the verse in fun handwriting, sometimes I add fun patterns of dots and lines, even doodle some flowers! Check out my God is Good board on Pinterest for inspiration.

4.) Pray with a friend/family member:

Praying with other people can be a very rewarding experience. Even if it’s as simple as reciting a scripted prayer. Pray together before a meal, before bed, or before travelling away from one another. Build your relationship with God with the people you love, build a Godly relationship together!

5.) Have a conversation with God:

I think we all kind of get in this mindset that when we speak to God we have to use big formal language like we see our pastors or preachers do in church. That isn’t necessarily the way to do it. God is your friend, your family and your father, speak to him as you would when consoling with a friend or family member. Cast your troubles, fears, thanks and happiness upon him as you would in your normal speech.

What is your favorite way to pray?

XX,

Shannon

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