How to Better Communicate with God? Do you have times when you know you should pray but can’t get yourself to start for some reason? Sometimes, it can be hard to pray. It is hard to come up with things to say that aren’t just repetitive from your last prayer.
Most of us grew up learning to pray repetitive prayers. We come back to God daily with the same set of prayers as robots, lol. God is indeed a patient father! Now is a great time to unlearn and help your daughters on this beautiful praying journey. Here are a few tips on how to better communicate with God.
- Schedule time for prayer
- Be grateful
- Get a prayer journal
- Be comfortable
- Talk like you’re talking with your best friend
- Pause for a bit
- Pray often
- Use scripture to pray
- Believe God will answer
- Just talk
Schedule Time for Prayer
Schedule a time each day when you kneel and talk to God. God loves when we deliberately make time for Him. We usually read our Bible simultaneously daily; why not do the same for prayers? Maybe this is when you first get up in the morning or at night when you go to sleep. Or have a heartfelt conversation with God right before you study His words. Find a time that fits with your schedule.
However, as much as it depends on you, start your day with God. Let him be the first and the last person you talk to daily.
Take a moment to think about your last prayer. How many things did you ask for? Now, how many things did you give thanks for? Try to give at least one prayer a day only to share what you are grateful for. This action helps to show how much you love and appreciate God. It will also help you recognize His hand in your life and all the blessings He has given you. We naturally want a better relationship with someone who blesses us.
Get a Prayer Journal
Sometimes when our minds are jumbled up, it can be hard to think of anything to say when we pray. If that’s the case, try making a list beforehand! This process takes off the pressure of trying to remember everything you want to pray for, so you can enjoy the conversation and feel His love. Keeping a prayer journal will also help you keep tabs on answered prayers which you can easily refer to for thanksgiving to God and shared testimonies with others.
Now that your mind is more comfortable, getting physically comfortable is essential. Grab a pillow for your knees when you kneel so they don’t hurt as bad, and rest your head on the side of the bed if you need to. While there are times to kneel when you pray, you don’t always have to. When you are utterly exhausted and can’t get yourself out of bed to pray, pray to God lying down. He knows your heart and desires; He will be okay with it. He would much rather have you pray than forgo it because you can’t get on the floor.
I particularly love kneeling to pray to God because the position gets me in reverence mode and focused on my purpose, which is to communicate with my father.
Talk Like You’re Talking to Your Best Friend
Imagine that instead of this all-powerful Deity, you are talking to your best friend, who you know you can share about anything with no judgment. He is both the powerful, almighty God and your best friend. He knows everything you are going through and wants you to share it with Him. He is always there to listen to you no matter the time or situation. God wants to talk to you. Think of Him as a friend when next you pray. It will help you relax and feel more comfortable praying.
When I go shopping alone, I and the holy spirit are steadily conversing. It’s incredible knowing I can connect and speak to God anytime, anywhere and in any form. He’s that one special friend who never seems tired of you.
Pause for a Bit
How often do you take time to pause and listen to what God is telling you? We sometimes forget that this is a two-way conversation. We would never expect our dad to only listen to what we say and never give a response; we cannot think that way about God either. He loves to listen to you, but He is also there to help you and give you answers. So when you ask him for something, take a deep breath and listen. What is He telling you? Do you feel peace and comfort when you pause?
Don’t always be in a hurry to get to other pressing things; there will always be things to do as long as we are still breathing. But that sacred time with God, guard it jealously. Talk to God and wait for him to talk to you.
Never stop praying. 1 Thessalonian 5:17
The more you pray, the more natural it will seem, and you will have a greater desire to pray. If you haven’t spoken to God in a while, maybe start with one prayer right before bed. Once that becomes a habit, slowly add more prayers until it becomes your first thought after something happens. Ultimately, we want to pray when we are happy and during hard times.
Pray everywhere and in every way. You can pray in your heart when you are working, at school, at the gym, or on the playground, doing chores, or running errands. Whatever you make sure you stay connected to your primary source – GOD.
Use Scriptures to Pray
Maybe praying is hard because you don’t feel like you are receiving answers. If that is the case, turn to your Bible. Sometimes God will answer our prayers through the verses we read. Praying and studying the scriptures go hand in hand!
Also, list your favourite bible verses that you can use to pray occasionally.
Here are some of my favourite scriptures I pray for myself, my husband, my daughters, and others.
God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Psalms 46:5
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philipians 2:13
You have always put a wall of protection around him and his home and his property. You have made him prosper in everything he does. Look how rich he is! Job 1:10
I can do all things through christ which strengtheneth me. Philipians 4:13
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26
Believe God Will Answer You
Sometimes we ask for miracles but don’t expect them in return. Have you ever thought: “God didn’t help me last time, so why would He help me this time?” If you have felt this, praying is harder when going through something difficult. Don’t ask for anything in your prayer unless you truly believe God will answer and bless you. It does take a lot of faith, but, as the scriptures teach, faith like that will move the mountains.
Ask for anything you wish, back your prayers up with faith, and believe he will do it. After all, he is your father who owns the cattle on a thousand hills – Psalms 50:10 He will bless you and help you slowly work your way up until you have more faith.
Don’t stop talking if you struggle with things to say in your prayer. Share every thought that comes into your head with Him. Soon enough, you will feel like you are having a natural conversation with someone, which will only help you better communicate with God. God loves us and always wants to hear from us. Praying can feel like a natural conversation if you draw closer to Him. Use these ten tips to strengthen your prayers and communication with God and enjoy the blessings that come from it.
Read more about teaching your daughter to pray here.
Let me leave you with this scripture.
But encourage each other every day, while you still have something called "today". Help each other so that none of you will be fooled by sin and become too hard to change. Hebrews 3:13
Thank you for reading, and I pray you and your daughters will have a better and more solid relationship with the father. Do you have a prayer need? Leave me a comment, and I will join you in praying.