Experimenting With Prayer (2)

The “withering the giant in his tracks” is the kind of praying that I’m after.  Learning how to open a can of (well you know what) all over the devil is my petition.  And along with all of the “Atomic praying” I want to discover the kind of communication with God that feels like I’m talking to my best friend.

Guess What?

You gotta get gutsy.  You gotta look at apparent failure (when you thought you offered your best prayer and nothing happened), realize failure is only failure if you quit, and pray again….maybe smarter this time because you take another approach that you’ve learned from experimenting a bit…or alot.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”

So, instead of whining, “God doesn’t answer my prayers…boo hoo,” refuel yourself with Scriptures that deal with God’s answers to your issues, ask the Holy Spirit for some wacky strategy and jump in the pool in the deep end, again.

  • Sing your prayers for awhile
  • Write them in the form of poems…even if it doesn’t seem like very good poems.
  • Pray early before the day begins
  • Pray late after the busy-ness has taken a break for another day
  • Walk around the block
  • Walk in the woods
  • Talk to God when you’re mowing the grass, or doing dishes

There are as many legitimate ways to communicate as there are stars in the heavens, and as many authentic styles as there are grains of sand on the seashore.

THE IMPORTANT PART: Try 2, 4, 10, or 20 until you find something that works for you.

Have you found something that works especially well for you.  Share it here.  It may be the very thing someone else that’s reading this hadn’t thought about…they try it….it changes everything for them.  And, it doesn’t have to be profound.  Something simple is often the Master Key.



Btw….Here’s one of my prayer atmosphere videos that is very popular:

  • Deborah Iliff

    Have been “experimenting” with prayer lately as you say.
    My favorite time, is when I’m mowing. I can be as loud as I like and no one but God and me can hear it! Then, I can save my quiet times, to be REALLY quiet and hear His answer.
    Missing your face.

    • Deb…yep, I love the noise of the mower and the “brainlessness” of the activity helps me focus. Love the REALLY get quiet thought.

  • Laura

    One thing I have always loved about you, sir, is that you have the attitude that if we fall, it’s ok an safe to get back up again and try. You also have always talked about how if one way doesn’t work, try something different. I have heard before also from another pastor, “if what you are doing now is not working and things are feeling like they are spinning in circles, go back to what WAS working and start over again from there. Many times people have drilled into me not to return to the past, but even the Bible says to not be like the man who sees himself in the mirror and turns away, forgetting what manner of man he was.” When that mirror reflects only a “recent past” the same holds true. Thank you so much for your insights that continue to guide me (albeit from a distance at times) in my life.