Prayer is defined as having a conversation with God.
However, most of us make it a “one way” thing.
We tell God what we think we need, or what we think needs to be done, and then we wait to see if it happens.
That’s like going to the doctor and telling him or her all your ailments, never listening to what the Doctor might say, and then expecting to be cured.
Prayer has to be more than a “we speak / God listens” activity.
Prayer is one of the greatest gifts God has given us.
Yet we rarely explore the fullness and power of that gift.
If our marriages and relationships were like that, one person would be constantly asking for things, and the other would be expected to deliver. No relationship would
Here’s a few ideas.
Next time you see a beautiful sunset, a gorgeous panorama, or the intricacy of a butterfly on a flower, simply say: “Thank you, God!” And then follow it up with: “What can I learn about you in this moment? And then listen.”
Pick up a bible translation and read the Gospel of Mark, Matthew, Luke or John, pausing when you come to a passage that catches your attention or puzzles you, stop, ponder it over a few times, then, in prayer say: “I’m open to what you need to teach me today, Lord. Fill my heart with understanding.” Then listen.
(Notice I said heart, not mind… Bible reading is actually more about understanding and wisdom then it is about facts and knowledge.
Take some time to sit quietly after reading some devotional material or listening to some inspiring music and simply say: “I’m open to you Lord. Speak to me! I’m listening…”
Finally, when you are having a meal, with others or by yourself, take a few moments to really thank God for the food before you, remembering all those who worked to put it there, seeing you spirit nourished just as you body is being nourished. Pause in the middle of the prayer and listen for God.
Let prayer become more a conversation than a one way phone call.
You’ll be surprised by all the wonderful things God has be trying to say to you. All it takes is the willingness to still our minds and listen.
Have you been able to live closer to God this week? Have you opened up your heart to let in the light and love of Christ?
Can your prayer life become a constant conversation with our Lord?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,