It’s hard to go from the fast pace of the world to the silence of prayer — to settle into prayer. There’s a certain mental and emotional process that that seems necessary to make the transition.
There are, of course, many ways you can help yourself settle into prayer. My suggestion is to play around with a few different ideas and see what resonates with you.
Keep it simple sister.
As you may know, at A Life of Prayer we like to keep it as simple as possible.
I’ve found that even on the hardest days, when I’m filled with grief or anxiety and my head is swimming with thoughts and emotions, the quickest way for me to settle into prayer is to simply be thankful.
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, and bless his name.” Psalm 100:4
Remember this is a relationship.
Jesus is fully human and fully God. You might not know how to speak to God, but you know how to speak to a human.
If you start out talking to someone and you open with “thank you so much for [enter something nice they did, some gift they gave you or a kind word they spoke]” that’s going to get the ball rolling in the right direction.
It’s the same with prayer.
Jesus is alive on this earth. He rose from the dead and is literally living. So talk to Him like you would anyone else.
Simply say thank you to settle into prayer.
Maybe you thank God for your kids, or the pretty sky, or that hot cup of coffee. Let it be as big or as small of a thing as you’d like. Just say thanks!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.” (James 1:17)
There’s just something about saying thank you that helps get the conversation started. It shifts that attention from “need and fear” to “plenty and joy.”
So give it a try. The next time you sit down to settle into prayer, let “thank you” be the first thing you say. I think you’ll be amazed at how it can get things started.