Sunday, July 14, 2013

Prayer is Talking to God



As I wrote this post last year the heartfelt words burst forth with ease, a joy I only occasionally experience.
As is my custom, I pray for God to give me His words and a sense of peace before I "put it out there". 
Honoring God and being a vessel through which He accomplishes His purposes, is my deep desire yet an often daunting responsibility. 
May my little prayer remind you of our loving God and encourage you to talk 
with Him, the one source of true love,
hope and peace.



Talking to God brings me peace
like the serenity of sitting by a babbling brook
the majesty of hiking in the highest mountains

Talking to God brings a smile to my face
like the warmth of a ray of sunshine
a rainbow in a cloud filled sky
a cotton tail bunny hopping through the garden

Talking to God is pure joy
like a gentle kiss
sweet and loving  

Talking to God fills me with wonder
  at the splendor of a flower filled meadow 
the beauty of a sunset
the skill of dolphins dancing above the sea
the vastness of His creation
the depth of His love

Talking to God creates a thankful heart
at His mercy for the sinner that I am
the grace He extends me
His countless blessings
my salvation through Jesus Christ

Talking to God brings me comfort
like the caress of my husband
the hugs of my boys

Talking to God brings hope
of following His desires

Prayer is talking to God 


Bible Verses on Prayer:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, 
but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
-Philippians 4:4-7

But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, "You are my God."
-Psalm 31:14

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
-Colossians 4:2

Notes about "Prayer"


I have seen Prayer referred to as talking to God and also as talking with God. I wanted to know a bit more about what the Bible says in relation to this question so I did a quick research of the topic to understand the issue better.

Thomas L. Constable, Th.D. in his Book on prayer, Talking to God: What the Bible Teaches about Prayer states "there is no verse in the Bible that give us a definition of prayer per se. 
Consequently we must discover what it is by examining the prayers and references to prayer in the Bible if we want a biblical definition.
Essentially prayer is talking to God."
He further writes "moreover the Bible limits prayer to human speech godward." and he writes
"Furthermore the work always refers to our words to God. His words to us are something other than prayer: revelation, answer, response, etc."
He also explains that several different Hebrew and Greek words, (OT and NT) ...translate to "prayer" in our English versions.
"They refer to general or specific types of speech directed to God. Generally "prayer" refers to any and every expression of our thoughts and feelings to God, audible or inaudible. Specifically the word refers to petitions or requests of God (James 5:13-18). 

We find both uses of the word in Scripture." 
Dr. Constable writes "we can divide all prayers into two groups. 
"We ask God for something for ourselves or for others ("intercessory") 
or We tell Him something."  These can be questions of God or statements to God.

To read more on this topic click here

Backstory
I wrote this post last year. I saved the draft as usual and frankly forgot about it. As I stated above, I always need a sense of God's peace before I publish a post. 
Today after a great sermon  by Jonathan Pokluda on prayer at Watermark Community Church, I searched my posts. Joyfully finding the post above, upon review and prayer, I added 2 verses, notes & backstory to finally publish what you have read above.
I was talking with God and listening to His will. 
To God be the glory! - Julie


Sources:
Thomas L. Constable, Th.D. ia a professor at Dallas Theologic Seminary