Often, our feelings about prayer can be impacted by our image of God. Is your picture of God aligned with who you know the Creator to truly be? Is it a portrait of a judging presence who you need to impress, or of a God who loves and welcomes you? Be curious about how you portray God in your mind and how that ties into your desire to trust, open your heart, or share your thoughts with God in prayer.
Our prayer lives will go through seasons, ebbing and flowing, sometimes quiet and at other times vocal. Prayer as a practice is not about producing or inciting feelings, but about being present to God’s love. Instead of seeing it as an obligation that needs to be checked off our to-do lists, Pastor Michelle Sanchez suggests that, “prayer is an adventure”. It can change and transform us!
Prayer is an important part of living out our faith and can help us endure rough times. However, the challenges of mental illness, trauma, and other life situations may also benefit from the help of a counselor or therapist. If you would like to be connected to additional resources, please reach out to Ministry Director Abby Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org, or browse our curated list of mental health resources.
If you would like our team to be praying with you, send your prayer requests to email@example.com. You can also let us know if you’d like us to follow-up with you – and the best way to do so.
Singing or listening to music — Christian or secular — can connect us with language, thoughts, and feelings for which we may not have the words as we pray. What music do you connect with? How might it engage you in prayer?
Visio Divina is the practice of using what we see or experience around us to lead us into prayer and awareness of our Creator. This practice could also be applied to your other senses.
Praying God’s Word is an ancient practice of looking to Scripture to facilitate prayer. In Scripture, we see how others have turned to God to lament, rejoice, and give thanks. When we cannot find the words, seeing how others have cried out to God can be a blessing to us.
Much like praying the Scriptures, pre-written prayers can help guide us when we feel at a loss for words.
Our God is a three-in-one God, so when we pray, even by ourselves, we are in community. But prayer with other people is also an important part of being in the family of God. When we pray with others it brings unity, hope, and encouragement, and diversifies our own prayers. It allows us to witness how God is active in other lives and stories. Deuteronomy 4:7 says, “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” When we, as a family of faith, pray together, God comes near.
Community Prayer & Praying with Others
Here are some Highrockers' stories about their struggles and pathways for incorporating prayer into their lives.