“After becoming a Christian last year, I saw such a wonderful change in my life, but I still felt uncomfortable talking to God. I just didn’t know what to say or how to open my heart to Him. My prayers seemed rehearsed and awkward and my mind always wandered when I knew it should have been focused on the Lord. After trying and failing to connect in prayer and becoming more and more frustrated, I ended up feeling like I was failing Him and considered giving up.
“One afternoon, I was teaching my 9-year-old granddaughter how to make heart-shaped sugar cookies. She measured and stirred, but the first batch of dough came out too dry. On her second attempt, the batter was sticky and too sweet. And when she finally got her cookies in the oven, they burned black. I expected her to throw in the towel, but instead, she let loose a laugh. ‘I guess all good things take practice,’ she said with a smile. Sure enough, on her third batch, the cookies came out a dozen flawless heart shapes ready for their pink frosting.
“As her sweet words echoed in my spirit, I realized that prayer is all about building a relationship with God—the more I practiced talking with and listening to Him, the closer we’d become. So I kept on praying, even if I didn’t say everything perfectly or if I felt awkward. I just kept opening my heart to Him every day. Before I knew it, my prayer ‘practice’ led to not only good things but the best things!”
—Janice Stone, 48, White Plains, NY