I pray often, but I'm not very good at it. My heart races if I am asked to pray out loud in front of a group because I am just not good at finding the right words nor do I enjoy public speaking. I'm not even very good at praying silently. I'm trying to learn as much as I can to improve my prayer life.
You know those people who pray out loud and the most beautiful prayers flow from thier lips? Those people that pray out loud and the right heartfelt words just pour out? I wish I could but I just can't pray like that. I pray like I am just talking to a friend! I guess you could say I pray in a casual voice ;)
While I don't always have the right words, I know that God knows what's in my heart.
I use this short acronym to guide me along in my prayers- ACTS
Adoration- Praising Him
Confession- asking Him to reveal my sins and ask for forgiveness of them
Thanksgiving- Showing gratitude for the small things and big things- all things!
Supplication- Presenting requests to Him
While I may not be able to pray eloquently, I can really get lost in worship. Singing to the Lord and lifting Him up in song makes my heart soar! Whether it be in worship choir, singing out loud while cleaning the house, singing to Little E or listening to a cd in the car, I love to give Him praise through music!
One of my favorite bands of all time is MercyMe. Their music has always come into my life at just the right time, like when I was about ready to give up on nursing school because I was completely filled with self-doubt, or when I just was struggling to love my body.
I love everything that MercyMe stands for. I love their music and how powerful the lyrics are. If you have ever been to a MercyMe concert, it is less of a concert and more of a time of worship together. It is something amazing!
When I went to the Rockin' Worship Roadshow in February, Bart, the lead singer of MercyMe, shared this incredible message (just another reason I love MercyMe!) It's 6 minutes long, but I promise you will be blessed by it!
Every crack, every part that is broken will allow you to magnify me like no one else can. You were made for more than this. Its all about the creator calling out to the created. All of this is not quite right because we do not belong here. We were made to magnify the king of kings. We were made to exalt his name and His name alone. You are beautiful in His eyes. -Bart