So, what is it about praying out loud in front of people that scares some of us to the point of being sick?
Well… I know the feeling. I was very apprehensive to pray in front of people. It’s only been within the last year that I have stepped out and prayed publicly.
We tend to compare ourselves to others, thinking, “Wow, listen to their prayer… wish I could pray like that.” But you have to realize that you aren’t praying to get approval from anyone. There may be those few that want to critique what you pray. But, God hears what you are praying and knows what you are trying to say.
Isaiah 41:10, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
I still stumble and repeat and pause, but as I said before, God knows that when you pray it is coming from your heart. You can even start by praying out loud when you are by yourself. Practice makes progress.
Just remember that your prayers no matter how big or small are what He desires from us. He wants us to pray to him, talk to him… He is ALWAYS there to listen.
I found this article the other day. It was too long to put on the blog, but look it up, it has some awesome suggestions on praying out loud.
Hope this encourages you today.
Remember never let your cup be empty.☕️
Lou Ann Virden is the author of the blog Farmhouse, Coffee and Jesus. She is very active in her church. She volunteers in the food pantry, usher/greeter team, and cleaning crew. She is on the prayer team, is over the sound room team, and she writes the newsletter for her church. Lou Ann and her husband Donnie will be relaunching The Refuge 180 Evangelism Ministry. They have been married for over 40 years. They live on her husband’s family farm with their dog Hunter. In the summer they are busy canning what they harvest from their garden. Her hobbies include going to the beach, reading, camping, and serving however she can. She hopes that her blogs inspires someone that might be dealing with a similar situation.