A Few Words About Prayer
A Few Words About Prayer
One day I heard an interview on the radio with an inspirational author. She was asked this question, "How do you pray to God?"
She replied since prayer has always been difficult for her she began writing letters to God. She added that by doing this she felt more connected to her Creator.
Sometime later I spotted a journal at a bookstore titled, "Dear God I need to talk to You..." Inside were 365 blank pages. Each day of the year was written at the top of each page with an inspirational quotation below.
Recalling the radio interview I decided to give writing a letter to God a try. I purchased the journal, and I placed it on my bed stand. On New Years Day 2010, before getting out of bed, I sat up, and I wrote a letter to God.
I am still doing it. I do not arise until I have logged my spiritual letter for the day.
Each morning I thank God for sleep and for multiple mini-blessings, so easy to disregard during my daily activities. I then give Him the blank page of today. I ask Him to guide me intuitively moment by moment and to please remind me of His Presence. I mention my family, relatives and friends. I ask God to help them with whatever they may be going through at this time.
For example, my brother-in-law, Steve, who lives in the country, opened his sliding glass door to throw out bread to the birds. His indoor cat, George, bolted outside. It was night, and Steve's attempts to locate the cat with a flashlight failed. After searching for George for several days, he ran an ad in the newspaper with no results.
When Hurricane Irene hit, I worried about George being outside in that awful rain and wind. I wrote to God to please bring the cat home safe.
Last night my brother-in-law sent me a text, "Hey, George just came home."
Herein is a wonderful benefit of writing a letter to God. Weeks or months later I can review what I have written and be reminded of God's mercy with my mistakes as well as multiple answers to prayer requests.
Another blessing I have discovered is by giving each day to God, I know in my heart if my routine is interrupted or plans change, God is in it. After all, I have given Him control of that day before getting out of bed.
I am amazed at how negative circumstances seem to work themselves out when I put them in writing.
Since I began doing this I have read stories of other people who write letters to God. Some keep their letters. Others burn them or throw them away.
I conclude there is no rule or method to the way one communicates with their Higher Power. What I am comfortable doing may be the opposite for someone else.
But for those who want a spiritual connection with their Maker, the Bible promises in Jeremiah 29:13, "And you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart."
Years ago my sister was at a dinner. One of the guest was asked to say grace. He simply prayed, "God, this meal looks SO good!"
St. Theresa of Avila wrote, "All He wants you to do is look at Him."
Sometimes silence in God's Presence can result in peace of mind or an unexpected epiphany. But that's a topic for another time. Sincerely Sparklea