What helps you pray?

September 7, 2006



“Let’s be quiet, close our eyes and bow our heads.” Why is this the predominant form of prayer in Christian churches? It doesn’t work for me. I get sleepy.

These are some things that help me pray:

  • walking or pacing
  • looking around
  • experimenting with body postures
  • sitting in our hot tub outdoors
  • praying out loud even when I am alone
  • background music (I use a mellow jazz piano piece while driving)

What about you, what helps you pray?



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

4 responses to What helps you pray?

  1. Seeing stuff God made (trees, flowers, sky, mountains, forest, grass, sunshine). It reminds me Who I’m talking to – the Creator, the guy who made all this incredible stuff for us.
    Having read my Bible regularly recently (having the habit of it going well), because it keeps me thinking about Him and what He’s like (reading examples of how much He loves to bless and have mercy on unworthy people, so I know He wants to hear from me).
    Having challenges in my life – because it keeps me mindful of how much I need Him, so I gotta talk to Him about it…

  2. I pray a lot when I drive. Something about being alone in my car helps me focus.
    Also, seeing things God created…the beach, trees, stars…
    gg

  3. Ok, I’ll be honest here — prayer is really rough for me, often far more so than Bible study. And the one thing that really really works to get me praying is crisis. Sometimes I wonder if the only reason God puts crisis in my life is to get me to pray again.

  4. I have to write out my prayers or my mind wanders all over the place. I have stacks of journals. But the last 3 years I’ve been typing on my laptop in “Word” journals. I need it to be quiet that helps me, or listen to some worship music.
    When I pray with others I try to concentrate on what they are saying so I can agree with them in prayer.