Have a talk with God
Inside of my bible there is bookmark with Jesus giving a child the Eucharist. Across the top reads, “In remembrance of my First Holy Communion.” For long time I thought that it only had one side. Awhile back I turned over the bookmark to find a simple prayer for after communion. It’s obvious that this is intended for a younger age group, but I was struck by a simple invitation to prayer. After suggesting that we should thank God for their parents, and talents, the prayer invites us “whisper a request to Jesus.”
With that little thought, I felt my conception of prayer refocus – quickly.
It can be a common conception that our prayers to God should be somewhat formal in order to “get it right.” Maybe we rely on old standards or mimic the sayings of a holy saint. These “canned” prayers are comfortable to pray because we are familiar with them.
But the suggestion I whisper something to God of our choosing, explaining how I may feel right now seems equally freeing and daunting. Suddenly the mind whirrs into action by asking the common questions like, “What if I say something wrong?”, or worse, “What if I have nothing to say?”
Simple unfamiliarity can provide fertile soil for the development a personal relationship with God. Start the conversation like you would with a friend. Talk about your day. Tell God about your feelings, desires, and doubts.
The Holy Spirit might respond by moving within you and pointing the heart in a certain direction. Or there might be no response, except the anxiety over what to pray is replaced with a certain peace from praying.
Whether we use familiar prayers, contemplate in silence, or speak freely, our individual moments of prayer rest our selves and reconnect with God.
A healthy and vibrant prayer life is not the sole domain of priests and religious. Even the person in the world can be a monk by setting aside the time to pray.
Our whispers can be at anytime. We trust that God will whisper back.