Prayer Beginnings – Learning to Talk for the First Time


What will your first words be?

“Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention.” – Richard Foster


What if you have never really prayed? Maybe you have said some words out loud because you were called on to pray or bless the food in a group and you didn’t want to be embarrassed, but you have never really believed anyone was listening to your words. What if someone was really listening, in fact waiting for you to speak? What would you say? What will your first words to God be?

Every child’s first word is simple because they are not yet capable of anything else. No one ever criticizes a child for only using three or four letter words and always asking for things to be done for them. Therefore, no one should criticize a person for praying in a simplistic manner and simply asking for their needs or the needs of the people around them to be met. When we stop pretending to be adults and embrace our status as a child, prayer flows much more easily. Do not be deterred if your prayer life consists on simple thoughts or requests, God can do incredible things with these types of prayers.

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. – Matthew 6:6-8