Just. Pray.

Psalm 109:1-5 NIV “My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.  With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.  In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.”

This time of year we hope for love, peace, and joy to prevail not only worldwide, but also in our own personal lives. We hope for those “Hallmark movie” moments where the instruments are playing in the background and even the most disagreeable individuals in our lives turn and change. The truth of the matter is this: it’s more than likely that the problems and those who caused problems in our lives yesterday will still be there on Christmas Day and into the New Year.

Those painful and discouraging feelings caused by betrayals, untruths, and misunderstandings won’t vanish just because it’s Christmas. Learning how to cope with these feelings is difficult; it helps to bear in mind that our situations aren’t unique. People around the world and throughout history, such as David who wrote the above Psalm, have suffered through times of discouragement. The common thread woven among those who have overcome is exactly what David wrote, being a person of prayer (see also Philippians 4:6).

It may seem to many that prayer is a waste of time and energy; I would counter with how has overthinking and worrying about it all helped? Prayer is a simple conversation between ourselves and God. It’s not a religious or pious activity, it’s a conversation between friends. Perhaps you’ve not seen it this way before since life has taught us all that God is the “Big Man Upstairs” Who wields a great big stick to whack us over the head with when we do wrong. God isn’t interested in being the “Big Man Upstairs” or in being far away from you; why else would He have sent His own Son? What good would it have been to send Jesus if our relationships with God weren’t going to change? Jesus came to connect us with our Heavenly Father – this is why He was born: for you and for me to connect with God in a meaningful and life-changing way.

Take time today and have a sit down with the Father. He “gets it” and He can help you through.