In my younger years, I used to crawl into my bed saying:
God, I'm just too tired to pray tonight. I'm grateful for everything and I'll do a better prayer tomorrow. In the name of......"
And by the time I said "Amen", my head was on my pillow and I figured God would understand I was just "too tired to pray." You'd think that as a grown adult, that my lazy approach to prayer was in the past. Well....sometimes I catch myself saying that pathetic prayer.
In my college years, I knew I needed a dramatic improvement in talking with God. So I came up with the following acronym which has served me well: S.T.O.P.
- Stop - Stop whatever I'm doing. Stop walking. Stop crawling into bed. Stop doing errands. Stop!
- Think - Think about what's going on in my life. What areas am I grateful for? What do I need help with? What challenges or choices am I facing?
- Organize - I need to organize my thoughts, ideas, and impressions in my head. I need to make a conscious effort that I'm focused on communicating with deity.
- Pray - Finally, talk with God. Pour out my heart about the things I thought about earlier. And listen to impressions.