Right now almost every single one of us has something weighing heavy on our hearts that has you feeling anxiety, fear, worry. Maybe you are waiting for results of some medical tests. Maybe you are nervous about trying something new. Maybe there is a problem in your life and you are struggling with doubt in God and His ability to lead you to a solution.
As Christians, we are instructed to “Take it to the Lord in Prayer!” And I don’t know about you, but in the past there were many times after prayer I still wouldn’t feel better.
Was I a bad Christian? Would the lightning strike me down?
I recently discovered where the disconnect was between my absent minded prayers and the sense of comfort and confidence in Jesus I was longing to feel.
Friends, what I am about to tell you, I did just exactly 10 months ago and I cannot explain in words the feeling of love, peace and reassurance that washed over me. This awareness of his loving, close presence was so miraculous. It changed how I now take my prayers to the Lord.
And I cannot keep this to myself, so I share this with you in the hopes that you try something similar and experience the same closeness to God!
1. “Take it to the Lord in prayer”…by imagining your talking to your best friend.
When I would pray it was like I was down on Earth, in my cozy bed sending off my prayer up to the heavens. To make my relationship with Jesus more personal, and I know he is right by my side, I have “pillow talk” with Jesus.
If my best friend was laying next to me and she said, “girl, what’s on your mind?” My eyes wouldn’t be closed, I wouldn’t be kneeling. I would be on my side, propped up on an elbow, with a pillow tucked under my arm.
Well, I imagine Jesus is saying, Katie honey, tell me everything! What is on your mind? (And yes, sometimes I will say that out loud).
And just as if I was talking to a trusted friend, I tell him! I am in that same position. I am looking at that empty side of my bed, and imagining Jesus is right there (I imagine him with long hair, loose fitting jeans, barefoot, and a cool T-shirt).
I tell him everything (out loud)- the crazy, irrational fears, my doubts, my feelings of loneliness, etc… He wants to hear it all! Unedited! And I am telling Him my hopes, my desires about the outcomes of which I am anxiously awaiting. I get it all out of my head. But it doesn’t stop there!
This next tip is THEE most important one.
2. Stick around to feel Jesus’ comfort
In the past I would say a prayer asking for peace and comfort, but I never stuck around to feel His comfort and love!
When I am done, talking (or crying) to Jesus, that’s when I close my eyes. I imagine Jesus scoots over next to me, puts my head in His lap and starts brushing back my hair with his fingers. Stay with me…. My mom used to do this to me (who am I kidding, I still make her do this) and it is so comforting. That’s why I imagine Jesus doing that. I allow myself to feel His love and comfort, and for me personally getting my head rubbed is comforting.
Just like a best friend offers words of encouragement, I try to imagine what Jesus would say while He has me in His embrace.
“Katie- girl, I love you SO much! I know exactly what is heavy on your heart. I have wonderful plans for your life. I have it all under control! Trust in my love for YOU, trust that I will guide you and get you through this anxious time.”
3. Like George Michael sang, “Because I gotta have faith!”
You hear these words said over and over, because it needs to be said over and over. My mom and I need to hear this over and over. It is HAVE FAITH in God’s micro-management of your life! Even down to the little things you are concerned about, so is He.
And yet we doubt. Like my dad says, if you doubt you are in good company. David doubted God, so did Abraham, Paul, Peter, Thomas. God can handle it, but after you express your doubts, after you lament to God… Know this: the same God who was faithful to his people in ancient times, this same God is faithful to YOU, _______ (insert your own name for emphasis).
Reflect on the following promise made by St.Paul and replace the words, “we” and “our” with “I” and “my.”
“We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t been broken.” 2 Corinthians 1:4 (The Message)
Tonight, shake things up during your prayer time! We would love to hear from you if you kept these prayer tips in mind! Did this help you? Leave us a reply!