The most precious gift we have received is the possibility of knowing our God. In the Older Testament, we read stories of God doing very human things… walking in the garden in the evening (Gen. 3:8a); speaking with Hagar (Gen. 16.13) and with Abraham and Sarah (Gen. 18:1); wrestling with Jacob (Gen. 32:30); visited Gideon to assure him of the results of a battle (Judges 6:22); meeting with Samson’s parents (Judges 13:21, 22); walking with Daniel & his companions in the furnace (Daniel 3:25).
We might wonder why we don’t have those kinds of experiences. Imagine taking a long walk with God along the shore with an early evening moon! Or seeing a stranger walking near our house and realizing that the stranger was God! Wouldn’t it be easier to know God, to talk with God, if only God would appear like that today! But St. Paul assures us that we always have all that we need for conversations with God – which means we always have the ability to pray! The Spirit comes to help our weakness. We don’t know what we should pray, but the Spirit himself pleads our case with unexpressed groans. Romans 8:26.
Too often, we think that those who know how to pray pray have some special insight into “how to”. This page hopes to counter that presumption by providing weekly approaches to prayer. Remember that there is no “one size fits all” in prayer. Try one approach for a few days. If it doesn’t help you connect with God, try something different. Come back often. Hold to what helps you to connect with God.