Prayer is Communication
Stories of marriage proposals gone awry come in all kinds. There was the bride whose future husband popped the question at her parents’ house while on both knees. Trouble was, he had had too much prom punch and she wasn’t sure he was serious. One couple went to Las Vegas to celebrate their one-year anniversary. She knew something was up when he acted strange and commented on her outfit missing something. When he showed her the ring he had impulsively purchased, she recalls: “I was so bummed that it wasn’t this huge surprise.” Another man decided to end an argument with his bride-to-be by proposing on the spot. “I still wish he wouldn’t have…” she says. “Now every time I think about how we got engaged, I just remember that he wanted to make monthly payments on our car insurance, and I wanted to make annual payments. Very romantic.”
The common thread running through these tales is poor communication. Next to money, it’s one of the leading causes of a match falling apart. When a couple can’t communicate, conflicts arise. Enough conflict and there goes the marriage. Given this state of affairs on a human level, you can’t expect much different on a spiritual plane. Spend hardly any time talking to God and you’ll feel distant from him, too.
The Bible contains many illustrations of the value of prayer. For example, even though he was the son of God, Luke 6:12 describes Jesus going to a mountain and spending the whole night in prayer. Solomon was one of Israel’s wisest kings. When he dedicated the temple, his prayer contained phrases like “there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below” (1 Kings 8:23, NIV) and “The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! (v. 27) Paul, a close follower of Jesus, said followers of Jesus should “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17, NKJV).
Prayer is simply talking with God. A way to tell him about your fears and frustrations. And, listening to what he has to say. Try it. God would love to hear from you.
A Challenge For You…
Do you have a friendship or close relationship that is in bad shape, but could be repaired if you talked to the other person? Talk to God about it first and then take the first step towards reconciliation.
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