Spiritual Practice


Anna Worley & Heather Burcham

When I was younger, I believed that prayer was for times when I was upset or sick, and I asked God to relieve my troubles. As I have grown older, I’ve gained a deeper understanding of how important prayer is to my faith.

Prayer creates a strong and lasting relationship with God. I pray as if I were talking to one of my best friends, telling God my hopes, dreams, struggles, and fears. In prayer, I confide in God and ask for guidance. Listening is a key part of prayer. To serve God and to follow God’s guidance, I need to listen to what God has to say. Sometimes, I pray to give thanks for everything God has done for me. Letting God know not only the negatives but also the positives in my life is important. Prayer has brought me closer to God.

—Anna Worley, 15


When you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me.
Jeremiah 29:12–13a (NRSV)

HEATHER’S CHALLENGE: Instead of viewing prayer as a last resort when life gets rough, choose to see prayer as a continuing conversation with God, in which you share your thoughts, fears, and desires as you go about each day. Let prayer become an act of worship as you hand over your life to God and walk with God day by day.

—Heather Burcham, 23

—from devozine (November/December 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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