Prayer: if it’s boring, you’re not doing it right.

April 15, 2009

Prayer is not a ritual; it is not a practice; it is not tradition; it is not a sacrament, it is not ‘the right thing to do’; it is not the ‘key to salvation’; it is not to appease God; it is not the way to receive forgiveness; and it is not the many other things that we hold it to be.

Prayer is about relationship and it is about community. It is really just a fancy word for talking to someone, where that someone happens to be God.

If you always find prayer boring then you aren’t doing it right.

You may find prayer boring because you aren’t actually talking to God. Repeating standard prayers and praying for the same thing each time could get very boring for us, let alone God who has to hear it each time. Try and talk to God like you would a good friend or a trusted mentor – he is a real person (for lack of a better term) and probably likes to mix things up a bit – I know I do. Sure you can be formal at times, but casual prayer and talking about mundane stuff that is going on in your life is good too.

You may also find prayer boring if you think God is boring; like those people you can’t talk to for long because you have nothing in common with them. Well, if you think God is boring then perhaps you need to get to know Him better – I guarantee you that you have a lot in common with Him. God is also very interactive, so if you don’t feel that God talks to you, then ask Him to. Be specific too. I asked God for a long time to ‘show me how much He loves me’. Now that is a prayer that God can’t resist answering!

So get into it – talk to God. He’s real, He has emotions, He has a sense of humour and he likes us to chat with Him. Even if you don’t profess to be religious in any way, God would still like you to talk to Him.

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5 Responses to “Prayer: if it’s boring, you’re not doing it right.”

  1. Mark said

    “just a fancy work” should be ‘word’ ?

    but yer, i suck at praying. need to do it more.

  2. Andrew Noble said

    Thanks for the typo pickup – fixed!

    “need to do it more” – I was hoping for “want to do it more” 😉

  3. Anne said

    Did you write that for me*kidding*. You are so right…it just sounds easier than it is.
    Good blog entry!

  4. Sarah G. said

    Thanks! I am going to try this today…I really for the past couple of years have always looked at prayer as a burden and really really boring…so I am thinking I have been pretty much…yeah…doing it wrong!:)

    • Andrew Noble said

      Sarah it is a hard one, because many of us have been brought up with a particular formula for prayer. The problem with this is that there is no formula for relationships. You interact differently with one of your friends than someone else may interact with that same person. Relationships are wonderfully dynamic and personal. Our relationship with God is no different, so do what work best for you both.

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