How do you talk to God? Does He hear our prayers? The Curiosity Collective brings together thought leaders, subject matter experts, pastors, and theologians to explore these difficult questions.
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Prayer is faith, man, you've got to— God can— if you believe God can hear you, then talk to him. The way that I think you should talk to God is, uh, first of all, you've got to, you've got to wash your hands and stuff, and make sure you're all cleaned up, and, and then you've got to put on a suit, and then you put on a real— put on a suit and be all, and make sure you're really clean. You've got to cut your hair and make sure there's no hair on your face because, um, he doesn't like hair on people's face. And then you have to, uh, then you've got to clean your car, too because when you get to the place, you gotta be, like, a park, you want to be able to show up in a clean car and then you get there, and then you, then you drop on your knees. You can't pick the left knee first or the right knee because you can't go left or right. God's not like the right-wing, but he— God... both knees need to drop at the same exact time. Ideally at, like, 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon is the perfect time. You go up to the highest point in your neighborhood. You don't have to leave and find a mountain, because that's not realistic. Go to the highest point in your neighborhood, whether it be your neighbor's hill or wherever. You just go there, drop both knees at the same time, and then the first words out your mouth have to be... um... okay, I'm going to stop because that's ridiculous. The way that you talk to God it's just like I'm talking you right now. You could literally say, "Hey, God, what's up?" Like, for real. You just talk to him. There's not some big ceremony. There's not this big thing.There's not this big— you just talk. He knows your heart. He wants to have a conversation with you. What father, regardless to what their children have done, if their father comes to them and really needs to talk, what father's not going to listen? What good father won't listen? He's a good father. I've been in, I've been in, I know of prayer circles where people were brand new Christians or didn't know anything about God, and they're cursing in the prayer circle, like, they're cussing in the prayer. You don't think God hears that? You think God is like, "no, stop it!" No, 'cause he hears you cursing when you're not praying. He knows where you are. You've just got to meet— he's gonna meet you exactly where you are. So whatever you want to say to him, you can say it. He's hearing it anyways. But you're not speaking to him. He wants you to speak to him, right to him.
Prayer? This is a real struggle for me. I'm very Type A. I like to know what the plan is, what the schedule is, I want to make sure that I'm doing everything exactly how I'm supposed to. I wanted to know how do you do it? How do you do prayer? What does it look like? What are the rules? What are the steps? In my mind, it always looked like this kind of— I know it sounds silly— but I really always pictured someone sitting in a room with candles lit and music playing and like, a window half-opened and breeze coming in, and it was just this like, euphoric moment of praying, and using all the right vocabulary, and I thought do I have, like, a greeting? Like, do I start with a greeting and do I have a closing line? Like, how do I do this? And for a long time, I faked it and I just sort of did what I saw other people doing 'cause I didn't really understand it. And there was one night that I was laying in bed and I was just like, "oh, God, would you just help me? I, I'm so confused about this. I'm so frustrated, and I don't know how to pray. I don't know how to..." and again it wasn't a voice; but it was just this, like, keen understanding that God was like, "Okay, that's what I'm asking you to do. That's it. There's no formality to it - I just want you to speak to me like you would talk to anyone else." And so, um, so I took him at his word and I did. And it was silly things. I'd be walking around my house just in my head kind of going, "okay, Lord, give me patience. Oh my goodness, my children are driving me crazy. Give me patience." Or you know, I'd have something coming up. My husband would be traveling, I'd pray for safety on his flight. But... it's not a fool-proof thing. It's not like you can ask for a specific miracle or situation in your life, and all of the sudden it comes to fruition. But you start the conversation, and you continue listening, and eventually I believe you'll hear him. It's God's nature to want to meet you in your questioning.