You never know what kind of an impact the words you say will leave on someone. For some reason, the words of a youth pastor of mine have stuck with me for quite a few years now. I don’t remember the setting or how we got on the topic, but we were discussing prayer. He was talking about a way that had revolutionized his prayer time and how simple it would be for me to try.
If we could all think of one thing that makes prayer challenging, I’ll bet for many, it’s that we simply can’t see God. Having a conversation with Someone that we can’t see is a bit of a challenge. If this is a struggle for you, or if you simply need to breathe some fresh air into your prayer life, try this simple tactic:
Pull up a chair for Jesus.
It’s that simple. Pull up a chair for Jesus to sit in and invite Him to grab a seat so you guys can hang out and talk. Then talk to Him like He’s a real person who is really there and really cares (since He is all of those things!). If it helps bring it to life, pour Him a cup of coffee too (but don’t be offended if He doesn’t drink it).
Here’s why this works: it helps you to have a conversation with God as though He’s real. Prayer can so often turn into some kind of religious mantra, saying a bunch of religious words over and over with a lot of the word “just,” “Father,” and “Lord.” Forget that when you pull up a chair for Jesus. Talk to Him like He’s a buddy that you’re sitting down with for coffee.
Just a hint: you may want to do this at a time or in a place where no one else is around – other people being around might hinder you from a real conversation with Jesus. That’s what this is all about. Tell Him how you feel, release some burdens, confess some sin – just like how you’d do it if it were a flesh-and-blood friend sitting there with you!
It might seem a little weird at first, but give it a shot and let me know how it goes! This probably isn’t something you’d do every day, but it’s worth giving a shot once in a while if you feel like you’ve forgotten about the reality of Jesus sitting there with you!
Also, if you missed a post I wrote a couple weeks back about prayer, make sure to check it out for a few more practical thoughts on prayer.