Is it in the quiet, stillness of the morning or when the evening comes? Is it in a closet full of shoes and boxes that words of solace, supplication, praise and thanksgiving spill from your lips? Do you pray when you first awake, or when you end your day? Do you pray when you think about it, or when your heart is full of questions and doubts? Are your prayers directed to the Creator of the Universe, or merely problems you’re trying to muddle through on your own?
Prayer is a very personal thing, in my opinion. Asking, searching, quietness, peace, anger, guilt, hopelessness, anxiety are things we face on a daily basis. These are things we often have no control over and we need help to overcome them. Jesus spoke a lot about prayer in His ministry, but I love the comparison He gave when he spoke of knocking on the door.
There is a natural wall between us and God. A wall which we constructed through our original sin as well as our disobedience. For us to approach the throne of God, the barricade needs someone to tear it down. Jesus did that when He took the weight of sin upon His own shoulders and carried it to the cross. Because of that, we have a direct line to the Father.
We can pray while driving our cars, playing with our children, walking with our spouse, in our beds, on the floor. We don’t need a special place to communicate with God. He is everywhere and is available 24/7. Sometimes we need the trappings of a sanctuary – a beautiful church – a small chapel, but God is not confined to those places. We can go to Him in the beauty of nature, the busyness of daily life, the turmoil of a storm. He will always be there.
Knock on the door by reaching your hand towards it. God wants us to talk to Him and He can’t wait to hear from us. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. Don’t wait until things are out of control. Remember too that God can understand even the feeblest of our prayers. He has the power to translate groans when we don’t know what to say. Just do it – PRAY!