Q: How does one “talk” to God?
By Anne C. Brower
There are many people who talk to God. For example: “I’m having a bad day–could You let up a little?” or “I need a parking place close to the grocery store because I can’t walk very far–could You find one for me?” Actually, “talking” to God is a form of prayer.
There are basically four forms of prayer: 1) ritual prayer, which many denominations engage in every Sunday; 2) conversational prayer, when we talk to God; 3) petitionary prayer, which is specific and goal oriented; and 4) meditative prayer, when we listen to or feel the presence of God.
How do we pray? We probably talk more about how to pray than we actually pray. There is no right or wrong way to pray as long as we pray with love and intention.
Everyone has a story of how prayer saved someone’s life–equally everyone has a story about how prayer did not work. Though prayer is our relationship with God, one must understand that prayer does not change God, but prayer does change us. Thus, we grow in our relationship with God.
—The Rev. Dr. Anne C. Brower, senior chaplain and director of the Healing Ministry at the Washington National Cathedral.