I clearly remember when I was a new Christian and first began to pray. I had never prayed in my life. I wasn't aware that I could know God in such a way as to call on Him and listen to Him. I also remember the first time I prayed with a group of other Christians. I was so nervous. With every word, I was convinced I was bombing in my prayer. My heart was pounding and my throat was dry.
Sometimes we think we don't know how to pray properly because we're not sure how to phrase certain things. We wonder if we should use some special kind of language or pray in a certain posture. But these aren't the main issues at all. Far from it! The most important thing is our hearts. The great thing about prayer is that God looks primarily at our hearts. Even if our prayers aren't perfectly structured, even if they aren't eloquent, if they come from a heart that is directed toward God, then they are pleasing to Him.
God keeps up with all the latest terminology, so don't worry about that. He knows what you are saying. He knows what you are thinking. The main thing is to start praying. Just start where you are and speak to God straight from your heart.
Luke 18:1 tells us that Jesus told his disciples a story "to show that they should always pray and never give up" (NLT
). So spend time in prayer. You can pray at home. You can pray while you're stuck in traffic.
We read in the Bible that people of all ages from different walks of life prayed every day, always, in any posture, and under all circumstances. God can hear prayer at any time in any place.