Please don’t ask me to pray

At times you might hear the following or maybe this is your feeling; “I would just love to go to Bible study but I am not good with words.” This was once my feeling too.

When my boy’s were still in school, we had groups of praying moms and “mom’s who cared” was started. The mom who was organising the group phoned me to ask if I would like to be part of this group. I was caught off guard and found myself saying yes! After I put the phone down I started realizing what I said yes to and started thinking of so many lame excuses why I couldn’t be part of these praying mom’s; but God said “sorry, Sylvia, I need you to be part of this group.”

On my way to our first prayer meeting I was feeling so nervous but there was no turning back as I knew this is where God wanted me.

That first day the mom who was coordinating the groups of mom’s in Bloemfontein was at the meeting to help us and to give structure to the meeting. She also gave us the format that could be used when we prayed together.

You can use this same format when you are alone with God or when asked to pray and feeling unsure of yourself.

You start your prayer, by praising God.
“God you are Almighty” “You are the Protector”
(Ps. 34:1) “I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips ”

Then you repent of your sin.
“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us”
(Rom. 7:15) “For I do not do what I want, but do the very thing that I hate.”

Start thanking God for things in your life.
“Thank you God for feeling so well rested after the night sleep”
(Ps. 136:26) “Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever”

Then you ask for God’s help.
“Lord I can’t go into this day without you. Help me to think before I speak”
(Matt. 7:7) “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened

Leave a comment and share your feelings when you had your first experience to pray where there was a group of people.