Anybody want to pray?

I must admit that prayer can be intimidating to a believer that has not trodden on prayer ground.



“Will you lead us in prayer?”

Do these words cause you to break out in sweat?  Do your hands immediately become clammy?  Do words that resemble prayer escape you?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.

I started my relationship with Jesus when I was nine.  After baptism, while my body was still shivering and the water was dripping off my hair, my neighbors approached me with an irrefusable invitation to their house every night at 6:00 pm for prayer meeting. Prayer meeting!!!!  My heart started racing and I instantly tried to conjure up some reason I couldn’t attend.

My neighbors, The Williams were serious about that prayer meeting.  If you weren’t in the house before 5:55, you wouldn’t get in.  They locked the doors and took the phone off the hook for fear of being disturbed.  They shut themselves in to commune with God.

Their house was a giant sized prayer closet and they where allowing me to join them in their most intimate place and position with God.

The nine year old me had no idea how special that invitation was.  I didn’t realize that prayer would open the door to a relationship with the ruler of the universe.  I was oblivious to the treasure that was wrapped in the gift bag of prayer.  Needless to say, I’m so thankful for that strongly suggested meeting.  I have a strong prayer life today because of these two transparent souls.

I must admit that prayer can be intimidating to a believer that has not trodden on prayer ground.  If you are one of those who have always wanted a strong prayer life but are completely clueless.  Don’t worry!  There is hope!

Prayer is simply talking to God.  Although it may contradict what you see and hear during Sunday morning worship, prayer does not require some special jargon or specific position.

Prayer is speaking one on one to the only person who knows everything about you and loves you just the same.

You can be yourself with God.  In fact that’s what he desires.  He wants you, just as you are.  You see, God loves you just as you are but he loves you too much to allow you to remain the same.  Through prayer, he will transform you into the child he knows you have the potential to be.

I used to feel that I had to pray like the seasoned sisters.  I felt God’s presence when they prayed and I wanted that for myself.  So much so, I tried to imitate them in my personal prayer life.  What I found was God didn’t want a duplicate of some super saint.  He wanted authenticity.  He wanted to hear my heart.  He wanted to meet me where I was.

That’s what he wants from you.  God is waiting to hear your heart.  What do you think of him?  In what ways have you disappointed him? What are you most thankful for? What are your needs?  No pretty language or piety necessary.  Just be real!  Remember he can spell a phony 10,000 miles away.



Author: realtalk859

Hi, I'm Calvonia. I'm so glad you stopped by. I'm a small town girl with old school ways. So come on in, share of cup of hot tea and a real conversation. I've shared my life with my husband, lover and friend, Moses for most of my adult life. Our union has been blessed with three children a couple of in-loves and a few grandchildren. We are so blessed. I love God more than words can articulate and sharing his word and his love with my sisters literally makes me smile. Enough about me, let's talk about Jesus!

4 thoughts on “Anybody want to pray?”

  1. Calvonia, I really enjoy your blog…this entry in particular. It really resonated with me. I so identified with your introductory paragraph. Even as an adult, and knowing that prayer was only having a conversation with God, I would break out in a sweat whenever asked to pray publicly. I really didn’t have a prayer LIFE…I had a prayer MOMENT. I realize now, that was because of my relationship, or lack thereof, with the Father. I liken it to running into a casual acquaintance and engaging them in conversation. Of course you can do it, but it’s going to be very superficial. You’re going to be guarded and careful not to let them know too much of your business, for fear they’ll take it, twist it, and spread it all over town. You’re going to keep a smile on your face and pretend that everything is perfect in your life. And if the conversation goes too much beyond “Hey! How ya doing? Good to see you again.” you’re going to make an excuse for why you have to get going. Contrast that with the no-holds-barred conversation you might have with a real friend or family member. How easy it is to talk to a loved one; how we look forward to sharing our day and most innermost thoughts with them; how we yearn for their response as an indication that they hear us, they are listening, and they care about us. We don’t want the conversation to end and look forward to meeting again so it can continue. I’ve learned now that’s how I have to commune with God, not as a drudgery, obligation, or casual acquaintance; but rather as a true friend or family member, specifically as a FATHER, for that’s what he is!


    1. Karen,
      Your comments are right on point. I love the metaphor of the casual conversation versus the intimate one. If only we could all move past the superficial and learn to trust God enough to have real conversations with him. Thank you for reading.


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