"How difficult would it be, to maintain a relationship with someone that I never speak to?"
Close your eyes for a brief second to answer the question.
We all know the answer, it would be completely impossible to nurture a relationship where communication didn't exist.
If we know that we need God, why don't we talk to Him?
To some the answer may be simple, but I would like to use this opportunity to strum on a different cord. Your answer could have been one of many; laziness, unhealthy comfort, solitude, busyness, etc. My answer was once ANXIETY. Yes, anxiety has kept me from Christ. There have been times when my life was so dark, and I was so convicted and embarrassed about the way I ignored God's expectations of me, that I wouldn't go to God. I thought that He was ashamed of me and disappointed in me. I even thought that my prayers weren't good enough. I didn't sound like a well-seasoned saint; my prayers were more like mumbles of a toddler and sometimes I didn't even know what to say. God tells us that our prayers don't have to be filled with many words and babbling in Matthew 6:7 "And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words". My prayer life was DEAD because of all the anxieties I allowed to form.
That place of emptiness between myself and God was the most desolate and dark place that I could have ever imagined myself in. When the enemy would tell me that God didn't want to hear from me and that I had angered Him, I believed it. In Psalms 103:8-12, you will find that God is gracious and slow to anger. In my mind, I had allowed yet another anxiety to control my relationship with God.
As Christians, we don't have to seek some other entity to get to Christ. We have total access to Him, whenever and wherever we are. We are blessed to be able to go directly to The Father, no form of deceit should compromise that fact. If you are struggling with a prayer life, you are not alone. No one ever talks about prayer anxieties. Sadly, there are people of God who want us to believe that once we enter the body of Christ then we are walking into a life free from complications. That is the boldest form of trickery and false advertising. This relationship with Our Father takes work and PRAYER grants us access to a direct extension to God. Prayer gives us a sound mind, peace, protection and discernment among many other things. Whatever the enemy is telling you is a lie, we all know his tricks, we know he is a liar he comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10.) NOTHING good comes from him. I'd allow the enemy to coerce me into believing many lies. Today, WE are going to break that cycle, we are going to make the enemy tremble under the sound of our voices because a conversation with Christ is as easy as "Hello God, I love you and I thank you." It may not sound eloquent to begin with, and it doesn't have to be but someday it will. The most important part about prayer is ensuring that we are seeking His face ALWAYS (1 Chronicles 16:11.) Praying will become routine and soon the Holy Spirit will guide you in prayer. You'll pray about things that you may have consciously forgotten about but your spirit hasn't. You'll be blessed with the spirit of speaking in tongues. (Acts 2:4).
If you ever want to feel those flood gates open and a sufficient amount of peace fall into your life; let it flow...like "streams in the valley."
"God, I love you."
"God, I lift your name on high.
"God, you are worthy."
"God, I thank you..."
Here are a few tips on what has helped me to jump start my prayer life:
I realized that I didn't find true peace in discussing my problems with people, I started journaling to God. Those journal entries became prayers. It was easier for me to write, than to pray aloud. So, I wrote my prayers down and I said them aloud following.
I started making time for worship in my closest. It was a small intimate space, I could surrender to God on my face and knees. The Holy Spirit always took over and I'd begin to utter prayers over myself, loved ones and this world that were stored in my spirit.
If I couldn't find the words to say, I would just thank God for another day of life, grace, mercy and forgiveness.
I purchased a prayer box and began to make prayers webs. I listed the names and situations I wanted to pray over, those prayers always take on a life of their own.
I read many devotionals daily. (Ex.: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Devotion App, First 5 App, YouVersion Bible App plans.)
I considered the fact that I'd be giving Satan total access to my life by not guarding my spirituality and relationship with Christ.