Prayer Is A Privilege

Prayer is a privilege God grants us.

He invites us to come to him at all times and in all situations. As we pray, we also need to listen. God longs to hear from us. To know and be known. Each prayer is an opportunity to know God, but in order to know him, we must also listen to him.

There are all kinds of prayers. There are prayers praising God for who he is and what he has done. There are prayers of deepest despair and petition.

There are prayers we memorize as children. There are prayers in which we vent our frustrations and yes, our complaints.

Prayer is a conversation. Not a one-way monolog. God wants to hear from us. He also wants us to hear from him. The only way we can do that is to stop talking and listen.

When we have conversations with those we cherish, don’t we listen to what they say in addition to them listening to what we say? Why then, do we often forget to listen to God when we pray?

Yes. Prayer is a privilege, but along with that privilege comes the responsibility to listen to God when he speaks to us.

How do you make sure you let your words be few, and listen when you pray?

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Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. Ecclesiastes 5:2 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Bossy Pants

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

An acquaintance of mine often brags she was called Little Miss Bossy Pants when she was young. Well. I’ve got news for her. She’s still a bossy pants. And it’s not attractive.

I should know … I have my own unflattering moments of bossiness.

Thinking about being bossy and how those of us who are bossy believe we’re right, and it’s our duty to tell others how to do things, I thought about how sometimes we take that bossiness into our relationship with God.

You know what I mean?

We think we know better than the Creator of the Universe how he should handle things.

We tell him how to solve what we believe he’s leaving unsolved.

We take our problems to God right along with a list of how he should work them out.

Because our minds are oh so small and limited, we don’t get it that God doesn’t need our suggestions or our help.

He can manage fine without us telling him what to do. He created the world without us telling him where to place the sun, didn’t he?

Maybe we need to step back, realize who God is and who we are in relationship to him, and stop trying to bring him to our level.

Who can fathom the mind of God?

Certainly not any of us, no matter how bossy we are, or how wise we believe ourselves to be.

Just look at Job.

Start at chapter 38 if you need a refresher course in God’s authority.

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The Lord went on:

 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? Or will you yield? Do you—God’s critic—have the answers?”

Then Job replied to God:

“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I lay my hand upon my mouth in silence.  I have said too much already.” Job 40:1-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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