Think about somebody praying. What are you picturing?
Perhaps you imagine someone kneeling beside their bed, listing concerns and needs to God.
Maybe you see someone sitting silently. You might even imagine a group of people all talking at the same time, making a holy ruckus as they pour out their hearts to a higher power.
Whatever your picture looks like the crucial question is, do you picture prayer as a monologue or a dialogue?
The majority of books on healthy relationships describe communication as the cornerstone. Most of them also say the hardest part of communication isn’t talking, it’s listening.
Most of us never hear from God audibly. And yet many people claim God speaks to them.
So how does that work?
If you’re looking for a formula to get God to talk when you need it most — you might be disappointed. Think of the people in your life. You don’t have only one kind of conversation with all of them. So why would God choose to do that with us?
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Faith is the essential ingredient, if you want your prayer life never to lose its flavor.
That means believing God is ready and willing to listen, because He knows you and wants to be known by you.
How we understand prayer shapes our expectations of God and colors our relationship with Him.
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