Do you ever feel muddled in prayer? Have you ever wanted to slow it down and express more clearly what you are thinking and feeling? I know I have, and I’ve found writing helps me.
We’ve covered a lot of ground in these last three weeks of our prayer challenge. Today I’m keeping it very simple: Write a letter to God.
For those who journal or write, this exercise may seem naturally easy. But for others, writing anything can be a real stretch, and even more so with something as intimate as prayer.
There is something wonderful about a letter, received from a friend who loves you. Back on Day 10, we wrote a letter from God to us, as we practiced the imaginative exercise of looking at God, who was looking at us. (It’s a great practice: try it out by clicking here.)
No stress. It doesn’t have to be perfect or poetic. No one else will read this. Just dive in and express your heart, your mind, your fears, or your boredom to your Father. If you jump around from a minute detail of the day, to a prayer request for a family member, to the deepest longing of your heart, and then back to what’s happening later–that’s fine! Welcome to normal conversation with a good, good friend. You may also find that you are expressing things you didn’t know were there, in ways you didn’t expect.
If you struggle with writing this letter, try to spend a least 5 minutes writing. After you’ve written for 5 minutes, feel free to stop (unless you are in the flow and want to keep writing!). If writing comes easy to you, then I challenge you to press further than you normally do.
But the practice is simple, and the point is clear: Write a letter to your God, so that you can more clearly express your heart and your mind to the One who loves you most.
Father, as we write to you today, may we express our hearts and minds to you. Thank you for the gift of writing, which many do not have or have not had down through history. I ask that today’s practice of writing will inspire us to further conversation with you. Amen.