Over the last few days, I’ve gotten many comments and questions from people who are interested in writing or drawing a prayer for the submission. “What should I write about,” or “I’m not sure what kind of prayer it should be.” I totally get that. Where do you start? What should be your focus? How do you choose which direction to go?
Here are a few things to think about and some ideas that might help you discern.
Write what is on your heart. Notice what is joyful in your life. Notice what is weighing you down. Pay attention to what is going on in your heart, and write from your heart. Your heart is a great guide to where your passions, cares, worries, and concerns are in your life. Pay attention to that. Are you thanking God for the joys? Are you asking God to be present and care for you? Are you worried and concerned and need to know that God is near?
Listen for the still, small voice. Sit in silence and let it wash over you. You could be in a park, in the middle of lunch, or in the quiet of your room. It does not matter what is around you, it only matters that you, yourself, are silent. Sit in that silence and notice the things that come to mind. They may be distractions, and if they are, simply acknowledge that they are there, and put them aside. Those things that come to mind may also be where God is leading you (only you would know the difference.) If that is where God is leading you, pay attention and stay in the moment. Listen to that still, small voice.
Conversation with God. Imagine you were having a conversation with God. Go for a walk, sit in your favorite place, be somewhere you feel comfortable – and then have a conversation with God and see what comes up for you. You can do this by really talking to God, you can do this by writing a letter or in a journal, you can do this through meditation. However you picture talking with God, go do it and see where your conversation goes.
There is no right or wrong way to write a prayer. There is no right or wrong way to talk to God. Prayer is a conversation, it is listening for that still, small voice, and it is paying attention to what your heart is saying. Be yourself, for that is who God created you to be. AND God made you in God’s own image.