And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
We live in a world of constant communication with our friends through texting, emailing, cell phones, school, and just “hanging out”. You obviously talk with your friends. When you spend time together you don’t just sit there and stare into each others eyes (well, at least I hope you don’t!). You communicate. Prayer is a fancy word for “talking to God”. Talking to Jesus doesn’t require any special formula or routine. All you have to do is open up and be honest with Him. Share your feelings, hopes, dreams, and desires. Tell Him your hurts, struggles, and pains. Cry with Him, laugh with Him. He is there for you all the time, ready to talk and listen whenever you come to Him. In fact, your conversation never even has to end! You have direct service to Jesus all day, every day. Get into the habit of talking to Jesus wherever you are. You don’t necessarily have to bow your head and close your eyes (that could definitely be dangerous if you were driving! Please do not try that!). Praise Him all the time. Jesus is all about a relationship, not religion. He wants you to talk to Him, but be ready to listen as well. You have done your share of talking and know it is time to sit back and listen. Jesus will comfort you, protect you, guide you, and mold you. All you have to do is open up. He is ready……are you?