Prayer, in simplest terms, is a conversation between you and God. But prayer isn’t a peer-to-peer conversation. Prayer is a privilege we gained not by our own merit, but by the events we acknowledge during the season of Lent. In a very brief, incomplete summary, Jesus left heaven to come to earth in human form, experienced the pain and consequences of sin even though he himself was blameless, suffered beatings, and then died a brutal death where he, because of our sin, was separated from the Father and was buried in a tomb. All the while, people—including friends—were saying he was a fake, calling him a liar, and betraying him to save their reputations. The events that had to occur in order for us to be able to approach the throne of God Almighty with confidence and righteousness should drive us to our knees daily.
Because of what Jesus did on our behalf, we have direct access to God. Unencumbered by rules to obey, hoops to jump through, formalities or formulas, our presence before our Heavenly Father is always welcome. We don’t have to clean ourselves up, dress in our Sunday best; we don’t have to wait for a designated time, face a certain direction, or go to a special place. We don’t even have to close our eyes! Jesus tells us God doesn’t look at the outside, but he looks at our hearts. He knows when they are broken, beating for injustice, pounding in delight, and open to change. He looks behind the veneer, beyond our false front, and into our very soul. Because of his supernatural ability to know us, we can pray without uttering a word. God hears us when we cry out, when we whisper, and when we are silent before him.
But how do we know he hears us? Besides the many Scripture verses that tell us, we can use the practice of journaling. A written record of your relationship with Jesus is a tangible way to see his presence in your life. Just as with prayer, journals don’t have to be formal or adhere to a format. Your journal should reflect your personality and express your unique journey. Track your
prayers, transcribe meaningful Bible verses, capture thoughts and revelations you receive in your prayer time. Journal the way you pray, with honesty and vulnerability, having faith it is important, and expecting God to meet you there.