I was talking with a newcomer who was having trouble with the whole Higher Power thing.
“As a kid I was passed around to a lot of different relatives and none of them were religious or church people,” he said. “I don’t have a clue about where to begin. I don’t even know how to pray.”
I shared with him what I was taught: keep it simple.
Early on I heard in the rooms that we might try talking to God as if he were a friend. We don’t need formal language. We don’t need a litany. We don’t need a suit or tie.
We can say a silent prayer while riding the bus. Walking to work. While working. Or doing our chores. The point is not structure, I was told - praying is about intent.
Today I keep it simple. "Thank you” when I awake in the morning and another “thank you” before I sleep at night.
Rushing to an accident this weekend my prayer was unplanned: “God let them all be okay.” And they all survived.
I was told God already knows my heart and what I need – but that it’s important for me to have the humility to ask.