Picking up again on the idea of childlike curiosity I want to encourage you that growing up does not mean stopping playing.
Educationalist Dr Peter Gray rightly explains:
“Perhaps play would be more respected if we called it something like “self-motivated practice of life skills,” but that would remove the lightheartedness from it and thereby reduce its effectiveness. So we are stuck with the paradox. We must accept play’s triviality in order to realize its profundity.”
Sometimes we get a little big for our boots in the prayer closet and think we have to approach the whole affair of prayer with mock seriousness. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not talking here about overtly disrespectful or irreverent behaviour, just a recognition that we are not quite the warriors of Heaven we sometimes make ourselves out to be.
Developing in prayer is as much an act of imagination and creative exploration as it is learning techniques, principles, and processes. Discipline and delight co-exist in the same closet.
Some of the most profound times of learning, breakthrough, and growth for me have been when I let go of my self-consciousness and embarked on emotionally wholehearted experiments with the Holy Ghost.
You need to understand that the secret place of prayer can safely become a secret place of play. God is a Father who loves to play with His children. The Holy Spirit is a joyful companion, not a miserable schoolmaster.
In this regard, I encourage you to shake off the dust and start dancing!
Lift up your voice and sing!
Roll out the red carpet and invite the Holy Ghost to lift you, spin you, change you, challenge you, delight and discipline you. Don’t be fearful to be free.
The wonder of private prayer is that only God can see you, only He is hearing, and He knows you inside out. You may look awesome and be revered by other people, but here in the prayer closet, you are just a kid in His Father’s embrace.
Sure there are times to be serious, but not all the time!
Plus, we never begin any endeavour as an expert. We become skilled and accurate by practice. And we often practice through play.