Prayer Dialogue

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 22, 2009

“If we think of prayer within the limited boundaries of fixing our problems and meeting our needs, then it becomes fulfilling only if we get what we ask for. Our intuition tells us, however, that prayer is more than merely obtaining answers.
Prayer is larger and more encompassing than asking and receiving from God, although that is certainly included. It is communion with God. When we think of communion, we usually think of the Lord’s Supper. Communion, according to the first definition in Webster’s Dictionary, is the ‘act of sharing.’ Consider that carefully. Roget’s Thesaurus offers the synonyms ‘close relationship, intimacy, affinity.’ Now we have a better understanding. Prayer is a dearly loved child sharing a close, intimate relationship with his heavenly Father. It involves talking and listening, openness and honesty. Sometimes it is just being silent while enjoying one another’s presence. Prayer in these terms is far more encompassing than merely requesting something.”
Fellowship With God, 50

“One reason why the discipline of prayer is not attractive is that people do not know how to pray. Their stock of words is soon exhausted, and they do not know what else to say. This happens because they forget that prayer is not a soliloquy where everything comes from one side, but it is a dialogue where God’s child listens to what the Father says, replies to it and then asks for the things he needs.”
Andrew Murray
Teach Me To Pray, September 30

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2 (ESV)

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