This past Friday, Christine Varju, a youth leader at
DestinyChristianCenter was asked to give a sermon to the youth of RYM. The topic she chose to speak on was one that she tends to specialize in: prayer.
Christine wanted to demonstrate the accessibility of prayer to everyone. Prayer is not some lofty idea that you can only begin to take part in if you kneel down, bow your head, fold your hands, and begin speaking in tongues. Prayer is so much more than that, or what society generally sees as prayer.
To open her sermon, Christine began asking questions about communication – what does it mean to communicate? What are ways to communicate? What helps communication? And what hinders it? This began to get the youths minds working with the idea that prayer is a form of communication – and just as there are many ways to communicate, there are many ways you can pray.
Christine broke the youth into groups to interpret 5 different symbols of what prayer may represent – a hammer, a telephone, praying hands, an invitation, and bread. She asked them to determine amongst themselves what important parts of prayer these symbols represented.
What it came down to was that there is no right or wrong way to pray – there are no standards a person must meet in order to be able to communicate with God. The Bible says that as soon as you make up your mind to pray, God hears you.
So you can pray sitting down, standing up, running, taking a shower, or eating a meal. You can get down on your knees next to your bed, bow your head, and fold your hands, but it’s not required. It all depends upon what is most comfortable for you.
Beginning communication with God can be tough, so why make it more difficult to achieve? For those who are unsure of how to pray – don’t laugh, there was a time when you didn’t know how to pray either – Christine laid down an example for how one might go about communicating with God.
1. Praise Him for who He is
2. Praise Him for what He’s done
3. Confess your sins to Him and ask Him for forgiveness
4. Pray for God to intercede on another’s behalf
5. Ask God for help with your personal struggles
6. Thank Him for all He does and will do, and for loving us
7. Spend some time in silence, listening for God’s will for you
In this way one can connect with God, get to know Him better, and express a dependence upon Him. It strengthens our relationship with God because it helps our ways become His ways, as we get to know Him better.
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