Sometimes I get tired of all the advice on prayer. Not that I haven’t read good books on prayer, but sometimes, I get to the end and have lots of ideas but am still no closer to living a deeper prayer life. In fact, perhaps sometimes we make matters worse by reading so many suggestions, because we just can’t seem to apply them well enough or often enough.
People are often ready with quick advice to “just talk to God.” I get it. I really do. But some of us are more comfortable with God than others. Some of us just don’t know how to begin, what to say, what not to say, or how to stay focused. Some people aren’t even sure God exists, let alone will listen or care.
I love praying and have grown in prayer through the years. I’ve used all kinds of tools and suggestions, and many of them have helped me, but none so much as to simply sitting in God’s presence.
I don’t always have to know what to say, not because I’m overwhelmed by needs but because I’m in awe of and satisfied with sitting in His presence.
Try it. Just sit. Savor. Steep. Enjoy. Receive and give without saying a word.