Prayer is many things but it is not a monologue. Sometimes there are many gathered together to pray but there is never less than two involved in any prayer. Whenever there is prayer happening there is always at least two, the person praying and God. The wondrous thing is that God wants to talk with us.
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”
Ps 27:8 nlt
Yes, Jesus says “Come and talk with me.” He wants to have a conversation. What is a conversation? It is the interchange of thoughts, ideas, and information between persons. In a conversation, one person talks and the other listens then the one listening responds to what was said. It’s a give and take, a sharing. When we pray we talk to Jesus, He listens.
LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully,
Ps 10:17 hcs
Then it is our turn to listen. There are times when Jesus seems to shout, we hear Him loud and clear. Though I have found that most often He speaks quietly and we have to listen closely. And there are those times when He is silent. Those occasions can be frustrating and can make us feel He has just walked away. But He never walks away.
I waited patiently for the LORD,
and He turned to me and heard my cry for help.
Ps 40:1 hcs
The Lord always hears us and always responds but we sometimes have to wait for His response. This is not what I want when I pray. I don’t like waiting I want answers now! And that often leads to more talking…on my part. He listens and answers in His perfect timing. Waiting patiently for Jesus to speak tends to be difficult for me but I have learned that waiting prepares us for the gift He has been waiting to give us. He waits to reveal His gift until we are ready to receive it.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
Ro 8:28 nlt
Blessings this day of grace,