What’s the best way to pray? Three preachers and a telephone repairman were discussing this question one day. The first preacher said, “I think you should pray with your hands folded.”

The second preacher said, “No, the best way to pray is when you’re on your knees.”

The third preacher said, “I never feel so close to God as when I’m lying prostrate on my face.”

After each preacher had shared his perspective, they debated the issue for a few minutes. Then the telephone repairman opened his mouth: “The best way to pray is when you’re dangling 40 feet above the ground by a rope—that’s when I pray my best prayers.”

Does it make any difference how we talk to God? You’d better believe it. But God isn’t concerned about the position of our bodies when we pray—it’s the position of our hearts that matters to Him.

The Bible has a lot to say about prayer. As David confessed his sins to God in Psalm 51:6, he said, “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts . . .”. He realized that God wants us to have sincere hearts when we pray. The Apostle Paul challenged the Philippian Christians, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6) Paul wanted believers to pray with grateful, trusting hearts.

Friend, do you pray? Maybe you’re having some financial problems or you are troubled by a besetting sin. Talk it over with God. You may not know what to say or how to say it, but you can be sure He knows your heart. He’s been waiting to hear from you all along. The sooner you tell Him your concern, the sooner He will provide you with the answer you need.

Wishing will never be a substitute for prayer. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder