- Jesus teaches real, gut level praying – alone, with just you and God… drop the showy stuff! In the past, I have prayed for my food in public because I know that folks might see that I am a minister and did not do my Christian duty to thank God for my food. So, to not make my gratitude look like I am praying in public for others… I raise my glass, clink it with my friends and say, “Dear ones, are you thankful? I am! Yeah, God!” How do you balance being a good witness with doing your praying in private?
- Empty phrases – do you have a litany of words you say to God in every prayer – what do they mean? Jesus says prayer is that “real, authentic, gut level telling God like it is” stuff!
“Dear God, I do not always know how to pray honestly. I am not always sure what is the right thing to say to the Almighty, but if I could just sit down and have lunch with Jesus, this is what I would say…. (say what is on your mind – forget the “these and thous” – just be you!) Amen!”