If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. — James 1:5-6


During an intimate conversation with friends recently, this question was asked:  “How do you pray?”  There were a variety of answers, of course from sitting in silence with God to a committed morning prayer time.  Others may sing hymns during a solo commute to a job, while some prefer prayer groups or prayer chains.  Perhaps prayer is most satisfying during a worship service in community or sitting alone with a prayer journal, diligently lifting up all those in need of prayer, one by one.

No matter what our prayer routines, James tells us we can pray boldly because “God loves to help.”

That’s a simply-put, but profound statement:  God loves to help.  Don’t think that prayer is anything like making a pitch to the Shark Tank investors.  God is already invested in you.  God can be trusted to hear our prayers and, like Maya Angelou says, “something wonderful will happen.”


I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me.  I’m grateful that I’m heard.

— Maya Angelou —


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