When our children were young we taught them how to pray. Prayer is respectfully talking with God and telling Him we love Him, how we feel, and what is happening in our day. Respectfully talking to God is the reason why we bow our heads and close our eyes when we thank Him for our food or for the day before we go to sleep. 

But there are times when we can pray with eyes open— when driving, playing baseball, or walking down the street.  

Why can we pray with eyes closed and eyes open? That is because the Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17). That means all the time. But, what do we pray about when we talk to God all day long? The next verse tells us: “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thes. 5:18).  

That means we can talk to God all day long to tell Him how grateful we are that He gives us life, food, protection, and all the things we need to live and to have joy in this life. Eyes open or closed is not the issue. It’s about having an open heart. 

Authored by Dr. David F. Ingrassia, Sewarding Pastor of Charlotte Awake

BONUS: Listen to an interview with Pastor Dana Bryan about prayer walking on our Church Awake podcast!