Hello, Lord Jesus

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

"I enjoy talking to you every night, Lord. I tell you what's on my mind—the things that bug me, the people I meet, the challenges I face, questions I can't answer. It feels good to be able to thank you for all the blessings you provide. Some things that I didn't even get around to talk to you about yet. You are good and you are my friend.

"Because you're my friend, I don't feel I have to dress up or use out-dated language. I can relax with you. I can be myself at all times, because you won't judge me for my speech, even when I make a mess of the language. You always understand.

"Isn't that what prayer is all about, Lord? You and I sharing things we think are important, without judgement or shame and guilt. Thank you, Lord." 

Besides the Lord's Prayer this is another excellent way to approach prayer—just share with God what's on your heart, what's on your mind, what you are feeling, your joys, sorrows, and so on. You talk to your friends easily...you can talk to God easily too. Just try it and see. 

Sharing feelings is what intimacy, communication and connection are all about—not only with people, but also with God. We can do this not only at night but anytime, anywhere. In the car while you are stuck in traffic, in the grocery check out line, waiting at the doctor's office, at the driver's license office, at the PTA meeting. Yes, your conversations with him can happen anywhere, anytime. If you can't open your mouth use your heart to communicate. God accepts you as you are. Feel free to communicate with him as often as you need to. You are loved by God, and nothing can change that fact.

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to be open, honest, and real with you. You desire truth in the innermost being. Help me to share my inner truth with you—the good, the bad, the indifferent—share it all, God, no matter what. Thank you for hearing, accepting all my feelings, and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."