Rhythm is defined as “a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound”. We should pray with increasing frequency as we mature in our Christian walk. People debate about whether it’s best to pray in the dawn of the morning before starting your day, at the evening to review all the concerns you faced, or in the midst of a crisis – the answer is YES! The bible tells us to pray without ceasing.
Depending on our background and exposure, prayer may be envisioned solely as a formal declaration, speech, or sermonette. We can become preoccupied with our language, word choices, and delivery. The truth is that God doesn’t require us to be exceptional orators to pray effectively. We need only speak to the Lord from our heart, which the Lord can see anyway. 1 Samuel 16:7 tells us that “ But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Prayers may occur in multiple forms – as written words, spoken expressions, or intentional thoughts. Those who are blessed with artistic gifts may also allow prayers to flow into their creative works of music, visual art, or other expression such as cooking. The key is intention. Prayer is defined as a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. To pray effectively, we need only to be sincere in our desire to grow closer to the Lord. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says that “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Whether it is three words in breath, extensive time on our knees, a quick thought before walking into a room, or answering the phone – prayer is about conversation with the Lord. Psalm 34:15 assures us that “The Lord pays attention to the godly and hears their cry for help.”
Thankfully, there is a you-sized prayer to fit every situation. We do not have to concern ourselves with form nor fashion, only with seeking God’s face and declaring our trust in His sovereign and divine will. Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
The more readily we pray, the stronger our rhythm.