This weeks blog comes from Tessa Billips – one of our youth interns this year. 

   Prayer can sometimes be confusing. A question that’s often asked is, “am I doing it right?” I’ve been thinking about this lately and if there is a way to pray wrong. I read this thing that said, “Just as a happy child cannot mis-hug, the sincere heart cannot mis-pray.” While this is correct to an extent it’s also sort of wrong which can get confusing. Matthew 6:7 says, “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” I tend to repeat things a lot in prayer because maybe I’m not fully into it or I think the more I say it the more likely God is to listen. It’s not true though, I don’t need to repeat things for him to listen and neither do you because he heard it the first time and he knows what’s on our hearts. This does not mean to not talk to him. You may assume since he already knows what’s on your heart there’s no need to tell him. I sometimes find myself thinking that; but God really does want us to tell him, he just doesn’t want us to repeat it a million times and ramble. Prayer is honestly way simpler than what we make it out to be. Just tell God what’s on your heart and he will listen.