I’m an introvert and I fear not being good enough. (Hi, nice to meet you.) So praying out loud doesn’t exactly come naturally to me. I didn’t grow up in a believing family, and I didn’t really hear how people prayed. It took me quite a long time after being born again, to have to courage to pray out loud.
One day about a year ago, I decided that I could pray out loud. Not only that I could, but also that I should.
Today, I am so thankful for the decision I made back then. Partly because God has made a leader since then. As a leader, I am expected to pray. I still get nervous about it sometimes. I still wonder whether my prayers are good enough, whether my words are right… but those do not really matter. What matters is the heart behind that prayer.
There are prayers you can pray for all believers.
I realized that no matter the situation or whether I know the person, there are always something I can pray. So I put some thought into this, as I wanted to make sure my heart knew these also. These are not all applicable in all situations. But these are good prayers to pray in many situations. Here are some prayers I have thought of:
- God’s guidance and leading in that situation.
- Encouragement and strength for that person.
- Grace to grow closer to God.
- That God would show His love for that person.
These are all prayers that I honestly want for myself and for all others. So these are prayers I can pray, no matter the situation or the person.
So my encouragement is this: take the bold step of faith. Decide that you — yes, you — can pray out loud. Know that your prayers are important, they are valuable, they are good. You might struggle in your words; but God knows and hears your heart. And if you are like me and wonder whether your words are good enough or make enough sense? Maybe make a list, too. A list of prayers you would want to pray for any person. Not word by word prayers, but things that you would want to pray. And then tuck those into your heart.