Spiritual Practice


Alice Loader

When you pray, do you ever feel as if you are talking to the ceiling? I do. But a few years ago, I discovered a secret that turned my prayer life around. I learned to use my imagination. The Bible tells us to “come near to God, and he will come near to you.” And we believe that God listens to prayers and answers them. Yet, if we imagine that God is out there somewhere, busy with world issues more important than ours, how can we know or feel that God is with us when we pray? One day, when I was frustrated and sad, I imagined Jesus sitting right in front of me.

Come near to God, and he will come near to you.
James 4:8a (CEV)

I imagined his arms, his hair, his expression, his posture. I imagined him leaning toward me, listening intently to what I had to say. Suddenly, his presence was tangible. He was there—of course he was! As I imagined Jesus being with me, my prayers changed. My words came more honestly and from the deepest places of my heart.


IMAGINE: If you have never used your imagination to come before God, I challenge you to try it. God gave us creativity. Use yours to draw near to God.

—from devozine (May/June 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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