By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff member
In the classics children’s book, Anne of Green Gables, Anne is asked to kneel and pray. The precocious child replies, “Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray, I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky … and then I’d just feel a prayer.”
While Anne didn’t yet grasp all of Christianity, there is wisdom in how she personally pursues prayer. Prayer doesn’t have to be structured. Prayer is merely a conversation with God. You can pray wherever, whenever, and whatever way you like.
God wants to be in community with us, as we are with each other. By allowing the Holy Spirit into your heart, you are beginning a friendship relationship with the Creator. There is no wrong way to pray, as long as you are doing it with a heart open to Him.
When you pray just follow a rough guideline of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)— thank Him, ask forgiveness, and pray for help when you need it. But next time, pray in different surroundings. It might reveal another side of our Creator to you.
This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. — Matthew 6:8-13, NIV