Like you’re actually talking to the King of kings

The famous Billy Graham says that prayer is the “sweetest work of the soul.”

If that’s true, why do so many people struggle with it?

One of the continual refrains I hear is that prayer is hard work and that it’s easy to get distracted.

So today I’d like to offer super-practical advice to those who are stuck when it comes to talking to the Almighty.

First, have better posture.
And second, speak out loud.

Now I know that God doesn’t only listen to those with good posture and to those who talk out loud. (It’s important for us to be clear on that point.) But I think that staleness in our prayer life sometimes happens because we forget what we’re actually doing.

So this advice is to help you re-focus on who you’re talking to.

In 1 Timothy 6:15 God is called “the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords.” That’s serious stuff! If the Queen came to your house, would you mumble away to her in a distracted way while half falling off the couch?

I doubt it!

So if you’re stuck in your prayer life, start your conversation with the King of kings by snapping to attention, and speaking to him like you would a King—a powerful King who loves you and wants the best for you.

There’s an old joke that when Jewish people pray, they stand. And when Roman Catholics pray, they kneel. And that when Presbyterians pray, they slump! Lol (That could work for Uniteds, Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists, and several independent churches as well, but you get the gist.)

This isn’t about how much attention God gives you—but about how much attention you give God.

Pray like you’re actually talking to the King of kings.

By Matthew Ruttan


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