As I have looked over many blogs I have noticed a common theme in some. A sense of almost despair. Perhaps even feeling helpless.
I have been in that season more than once myself. The thing that has helped me most is conversing with my Lord. I say conversing because a conversation involves more than just talking and reading a list of all my ales. Conversing involves listening too. Perhaps listening more than speaking.
I think some (maybe even most) people don’t get that part of prayer. Either that or they may spend so much time telling the Lord what He already knows that they leave very little time in their busy schedule to be still, quiet and listen. Listen with their heart. Listen needing to hear. Listen expecting to hear.
When I read of Jesus the Christ and His times of prayer I see that His chosen times were most often in the early morning or late evening. I think that is because the noise of the world is mostly silenced at those times. I could be wrong but that’s what I think. He even gave His disciples a specific time for them to watch and pray with Him. One hour.
Could we not each tarry one hour with the Lord?
It is also my personal belief that prayer should be audible. Sure God can read our thoughts but Holy Scripture is replete with verses about the power of the tongue (the spoken word.) Hey if nothing else think of praying out loud as letting the enemy know just how defeated you know he already is.
I was speaking with a friend of mine some time ago. She and her husband were befuddled because I slipped by their home and left a sum of cash in an envelope on their door.
Every once in a while I believe the Holy Spirit speaks to me to do such things and when I am certain of the amount and timing I simply obey. I figure I would rather err on the side of benevolence than hording.
However, this whole concept was foreign to them. They couldn’t think of accepting it. Sure they believe in “Karma or whatever you want to call it.” Sure she prays too. Of course it’s usually when things are in dire straights but she prays. So I want to say to her (but I didn’t) “Look you have a son, what if the only time you could get him to talk to you was when he was in dire straights…. and you had absolute power to put him in those dire straights; What would you do to get him to talk to you?” Seems simple to me.
They each finally understood and grudgingly accepted the money. She called me back a couple of days later and said that her husband had asked her; “Hey, wasn’t that the exact amount we spent last summer to by that lady an air conditioner?” Yep it sure was. Then she called the very next day. “You won’t believe what happened today!” Hubby’s aunt that never had any children died and they just got a check for exactly ten times the amount I had given them.
I have a computer program QuickVerse 6.0. I found this and thought it fit nicely.
6. GIFT AND THE GIVER
For the real good of every gift it is essential, first, that the giver be in the gift—as God always is, for He is love—and next, that the receiver know and receive the giver in the gift. Every gift of God is but a harbinger of His greatest and only sufficing gift—that of Himself. No gift unrecognized as coming from God is at its own best: therefore many things that God would gladly give us must wait until we ask for them, that we may know whence they come. When in all gifts we find Him, then in Him we shall find all things.
George Macdonald, Second Series, “The Word of Jesus on Prayer”