I’m amazed at the creativity of the Lord. If you haven’t been wowed by his creativity lately, I encourage you to keep an eye out today. You can spot his handiwork everywhere: in a bird’s song, in the vibrancy of nature around you (whether there’s a lot or a little), or in the person on your left or right. Creating humanity was God’s pièce de résistance, the crescendo in the beautiful symphony of creation. He made many wonderful things, but he considers us his masterpiece, each one similar yet incredibly unique. Not only do we all look different, our backgrounds, upbringings, personality types, passions, desires, and more all combine to create the individual people that we are.
If God loves exercising creativity why do we expect him to appreciate or be pleased by rote prayers? God made colors and flavors and emotions so why do we pray boring, grayscale prayers? Why do we act as though our prayer lives should look like that of our pastor or some great Christian speaker? What if God wants to hear you express adoration and praise and concerns in your voice with your personality and perspective?
Each heartfelt prayer is unique because each person is unique.
When I first started teaching in Sunday School I was nervous because I didn’t think I could be as good as our children’s pastor. She’s wild and crazy and has more energy than I could ever have. She’s dynamic and engaging and is the life of the party. I copied her teaching style for a little while and I can still turn it on when I need to, but after a while I realized that it was okay that I’m not her. I am immensely thankful for the many lessons I’ve learned from her, but I’m equally thankful for the space to learn what my teaching style is. What an amazing learning process it has been!
The same is true for prayer. If you don’t know how to pray that’s okay. Or, if you don’t know how to pray in a way that’s uniquely you, that’s okay too. Try out different ways to pray knowing that you don’t have to do the same thing every time. Do you like to sit quietly and listen? Do you like to journal? Do you like to sing your prayers? Do you like to pace? Run? Walk? Do you prefer outdoors? Indoors?
Take a moment today to think about who you are: when do you feel the most like you? Now, how can you connect with God while occupying space? Today I’m challenging you to connect with God in a way that’s uniquely you.
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