21 Days of Prayer – Day 11

 In Fasting, Prayer

How many times do we go before God with our many words but few results? Most of us seem to ramble on and on just like the very people Jesus corrected and yet we somehow still think that we are being “spiritual” or at least trying to pray. Jesus warned against this in:

Matthew 6:5-7 NLT
When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. 7“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.

Noise can be a real problem. We all seem to clutter up our relationship with God with too many words and too much noise. From television to ipods to kids activities and church events, we seem to think that more noise in our lives will achieve the results we want.

Psalms 46:10 NKJ
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

When you pray, are you the only one talking? Is this the only way you know how to pray?

I want to suggest a different kind of prayer; try praying without talking. Prepare your heart, sit down, close your eyes and do your best to say nothing! Try it for 15 minutes a day and see what happens. Don’t ask for things!!! Let the Holy Spirit work on you as you are still!

Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

Instead of focusing on our words, needs or thoughts, let’s try just focusing on Him. Allow Him to speak. Prayer should be a conversation not just one-sided! It just might take “practice”.

– Pastor Shawn

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