‘Dear God,’ a Letter From the Devoted

This daily devotional touches on how prayer can be done at any time, not just the times when there are no distractions.

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thess 5:16-18

Don’t you wish that you could sit down and write a “Dear God” letter? Just pour out your heart to Him and express all of your frustrations, all of your trials, and all of your concerns. Make your concerns His. This is exactly what you do when you pray.

It seems that the Enemy makes praying to God one of the hardest things that there are. I receive more spiritual attacks from the Enemy when I begin to pray that it seems nearly impossible that I’ll ever get through. First of all, the phone rings, then someone’s at the door, the grandbaby cries, and a variety of thoughts run through my mind. It seems that my prayers will never make it beyond the ceiling.

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Take heart, you are not alone. I heard once that the only time the Devil trembles is when saints go to their knees to pray. I don’t mean that this is the only form of prayer that God accepts. I believe there is no set formula to pray so I often pray while I am driving (mind you, not with my eyes closed!), while I am working, while I am doing just about anything. Now I do have a set time of prayer in the morning. It’s nearly the first thing that I do, even before breakfast. And it’s the last thing that I do before I crawl into bed. But I don’t believe the Bible says you must close your eyes, you must bend the knee, and you must prostrate yourself on the ground or lift your hands. I choose to go onto my face, hands, and knees when I pray, but I can’t always do that during the day. The form of prayer is not as important as the fact that I pray. Paul tells us to pray always and to give thanks for all things. Pour out your heart to God. Dear God…