Communicating with God
Prayer for me is simply talking to God where ever I am, and listening.
An example of that would be in a situation where an unpleasant development has occurred, my human reaction would be to retaliate, resulting in an argument. God knows this about me and has taught me over the years that by asking him for guidance at those times his wisdom is always forthcoming, negating any possibility of arguments which would worsen the situation.
This is only one example
I think that my meaning behind this is that I take God's constant presence as a natural part of my being, he is my best friend, my father, my comforter and the first place I turn to for advice, guidance, and provision. God's constant presence is with us all, we only have to start the conversation.
Of course at times, when a more serious problem is occurring around me, relating to other people, I do pray more formally, in a quiet place. Even then it's more like a conversation, explaining more fully the problem and asking for help on their behalf, in fact by surrendering the person to the loving care of the only one who can help them.
I believe that what ever form of prayer works for the individual is the right way to pray for them. As a parent and grandparent I know that none of the children speak to me in the same way, it would be boring if they did. I revel in the fact that each child is so uniquely individual, and I'm heartened by the way they all come to me with their problems, always trusting that I'll listen even if I don't always give them the answer they want to hear.
Surely as the Ultimate parent God must feel the same way when, however eloquently, or clumsily we turn to him, trusting that he's the one who'll always listen to us.
We humans have become so busy, we've forgotten how to be a human-being (myself included) human doings is more interesting for us.
'God teach me how to be'Beautiful, Norma.
I particular love that you include God in the moments of wanting to retaliate and receive peace. That is a wonderful achievement and … I would say… I profound contribution to world peace.
Just think if we could all do the same.
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