How Do I Have a Conversation with God?
by Janis Cox
How do your conversations with God go? Mine have been weird lately. I had that “cluttered mind” that could not seem to focus on anything in particular. I said my routine prayers for my different groups (family, friends, writers’ groups). But something was missing.
I found I needed to go back to the basics. I needed to find some way to keep my mind focused on Him.
Here are three ways I tried in the past week:
1. Three Word Prayers
Margaret Feinberg, in her book Wonderstruck, has a great chapter on prayer. I recalled that she found that 3 word prayers made her focus more on exactly what she was trying to say. For instance, as I had concerns this week over a friend I found myself saying:
- help, give, peace
- surround with love
- bring family near
2. An Acronym for Prayer – ACTS
This is one of the first planned prayers that I learned. A – Adoration; C -Confession; T- Thanksgiving; S – Supplication (asking).
Here is what I wrote in my journal:
Adoration: Oh Father, I know You are there. I believe in Jesus. I see Your hand everywhere. I feel Your touch. You are so BIG, POWERFUL, CARING AND COMPASSIONATE. I am starting to breathe. Thank you.
Confession: Oh I need to get the bottom of my problem. Obsession – yes I have an obsession with the computer at the moment. I need to find a way to time myself for what I need to do. Keep me organized so I don’t over do the computer time.
Thankfulness: Yes yes I am so thankful. I am thankful for my fingers, my toes, my eyes, my ear, and the rest of my body. I am thankful for my friends and family; for our finances (Your money God); for our home, our food, our every day blessings; for my writing friends (and I named those who mean so much to me).
Supplication: Although I really miss my family and friends in Canada help me to make new ones here. Show me how to do the blogging effectively and how to enjoy life outside of the computer.
Thank you for lifting me up Lord – and I know You will continue to do that.
3. Make a poem to express how you feel.
So I did.
Spread your wings
Be filled with the Spirit
All that you do is life
So choose wisely
I seek You
Reveal Yourself to me
Help me see Your wonder
Help me aware of it.
- Are You Waiting? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Can God Really Hear My Prayers? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Expecting God’s Wonder – A Holy Invitation (learning2hear.com)
- ACTS of Prayer (faithfuldailyread.wordpress.com)
Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. Jan has completed a children’s book called Tadeo Turtle. She is the watercolour illustrator. Word Alive has published Tadeo Turtle. See more information at Jan’s Website.