We pray to say God is AWESOME!
We pray to give thanks.
We pray to ask for … fill in the blank.
We pray for joy.
We ask WHY?
We ask WHEN?
We may express anger or disappointment.
For most of us, our prayer consists of talking. It’s a one-way conversation.
“OK, God, I’ve said my piece. Amen! Thanks for listening.”
And it’s incomplete!
Yes, we have many things to say to God, and we do so for many reasons.
But for many of us, we seldom remember that this is a two-way conversation. God may just have some things to say to us! We need to also LISTEN. I admit, I have a difficult time with this listening part. God doesn’t speak to me in the same way my wife does. He speaks in a still, small voice. It’s difficult to hear Him in the hustle and bustle of life. I need solitude, just the two of us.
Psalm 46 provides some great guidance for this element of prayer: