Come and Talk

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

grey-crowned-crane-540657_640Yes, 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,
patricia

Malachi 3:16 nlt

sheep

The Lord hears all we say not just our prayers.  
When people of the Church are encouraging and strengthening each other
the Lord is listening. 

He hears what we say and how we say it.  
Those who always revere Him and praise His name  
have their names written in a scroll of remembrance.

Have you thought about this?
Knowing that God listens to your conversations
does it, or will it. make a difference in what comes out of your mouth?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Ephesians 5:4 nlt

mouth

Our mouths were created to express beauty.
When ugliness spews out of our mouth we do not bring glory to God;
we dishonor Him with vile foolish words.  
God forgives us our ugly words and uproots them  
making room for beauty and thanksgiving.

What flows most readily from your mouth, ugliness or beauty?
Does thankfulness come easily to you or is it hidden among the weeds?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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