1. Actually pray like God is in the room
Brennan Manning tells the story of an elderly man who has struggled with prayer throughout his entire life.
The man just can’t see praying to a God he can’t actually see, hear, and feel. His prayer life is finally reinvented when he learns to imagine Jesus is sitting beside him in a chair, listening like a faithful friend.
The man’s family finds it remarkably strange that he places an empty chair by his bed in the last days of his life. On the day of his death, he is found with his head resting on the chair.
This is the kind of prayer that believes the Lord is with us. When we learn to pray in this way, prayer becomes more of a conversation than a religious obligation.