Nothing Like A Fine-Tuned Prayer To Get Us Through The Night … And Through Life
The Question: Is God a good listener? If so, then why does He need us to repetitively pray about it, night after night? Why does it seem that our wordy nightly prayers are not being heard?
The Answer: He doesn’t.
Do You Hear What I Hear…sings Vanessa Williams
Prayer is a two part deal. Pray in information, receive information back. We usually don’t like the answer we’re getting back if we don’t find a yacht in the yard the next day and thanks a yacht! Here’s why it doesn’t work that way. If we’re repetitively uttering the same empty and meaningless set of ‘needy’ words night after night in prayer such as please, give, and me…well… He’s heard quite enough. You probably have as well. We lose an audience this way. God already knows what we need, the real question is –do we and the answer is almost never –money.
Prayer is the act of finding that out for ourselves through hearing ourselves talk not hearing ourselves talk on. God is not Santa Claus, nor is the New York lotto. He gets a little upset when we mistake Him as such. When we ramble on in prayer about what we think we need, this would be the very point He sticks headphones on and zones out.
Instead, systematically repeated and simultaneous felt words such as thank you, I, am and grateful– more words such as how, could, I, be, of and help, used in the act of prayer will maintain both His and our attention. Now He’s listening, so are we because we’re not wincing yet after hearing ourselves pray a ‘more stocks’ prayer or that ever popular ‘please sir more bonds’.
Answered prayers leave us feeling like we’ve been heard, pro-active and smart for getting the right answer because now we have a workable plan of action forward where we ourselves are working the plan forward. Fine tuning our prayer separating worthy words from the whiny ones and giving Him upstairs and ourselves an eternal break already. Now He could remove His earplugs and we could do something useful with our time here on earth– maybe become better listeners for somebody else…help someone out which is the master plan. The trouble starts when we stray from this simple plan, this holy and simple plan.
Who knows, you may just find a yacht docked in your yard when you wake up some morning, maybe even a ‘sea’ to go with that yacht.