I started out as a child.
Didn’t We All?
I guess we all did. We came into the world without speech, mobility, or fine motor skills. But we held great potential. We adapted, learned, and developed. Our first word was probably Mama, or something to that affect.
We Got Better
Soon, we learned enough words to interact with others. We learned that language was effective for getting what we wanted, or needed. Babies cry because they are hungry, wet, or in pain. Or maybe just fussy. The crying was replaced by expression of thought. But was it still about wanting and needing?
As adults, much of our language is still about getting what we want, or need. Some suggest that personal maturity is measured by the percentage of words used to assist others verses serving ourselves. Maybe?
Talking With God
If we were taught to pray, we learned that prayer was about asking for things. We learned that prayer was talking to God but also that God didn’t talk back. That shaped our perception of God and prayer, for life.
“For many of us prayer means nothing more than speaking with God. And since it usually seems to be a quite one-sided affair, prayer simply means talking to God.” (Henri Nouwen, “The Way of the Heart.”)
A Broader View
What if prayer could also be about reflection, meditation, and the opportunity for God to speak back? Does his still small voice still exist? Can the Holy Spirit still place a thought, an idea, or a blessing within us?
Prayer is from the heart, it’s of the soul, not just the mind.
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” To worship in spirit is to worship with expression from your spirit, from your heart, not just your mind.
The last seven blog posts have been about spiritual quests, the need for a deeper communication and a closer communion with God. I’ve blogged about solitude, silence, and prayer. And I hope you have been blessed, or at least encouraged, to seek a closer walk with him. This is the final blog on this theme.
God Bless you and keep you, and may the peace of God be yours in abundance.