Day Two, Quote #2
“When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.”
– A. W. Tozer
There is a distinct difference between “saying our prayers” and actually praying to God. We can go through the motions of praying, mouthing words, supposedly in communication with our Lord, and not really be praying to God at all, but truly only to ourselves. And, that is because our words and our hearts are not sincere, our minds are not on Christ, but on ourselves, and the words we speak are shallow, having no real substance at all.
Have you ever found yourself just reciting prayers? Like at meal time, do we just say the same words over and over again, but not even really think about what we are saying, or who we are talking to? I know I have done that before, just going through a routine, because that is what we are supposed to do. But, I wasn’t really communicating with God, but with myself.
Like do we say “thank you” for the food, but then complain about it? Ouch! I think we say “thank you” many times and don’t really mean it, because it is just a habit. I have to catch myself on that sometimes.
Prayer, though, is not a routine. It is not a ritual. We don’t “say our prayers” as though they are just something we do. Prayer is talking with God, not unlike talking to another person, in person. And, God knows if we are sincere or if we are just going through the motions. He is not fooled by performance. He knows if we are really communicating with him or not.
Prayer, also, is not something we do for a short period of time and then we are done until the next time. True prayer is open and honest communication with Almighty God 24/7. It is an open line of communication that is never cut off. In this way, we can talk with Him, and He can talk with us, he hears us and we hear him, and we listen, and we respond to what he is saying to our hearts in obedience, and he responds to us. And, he can talk to us any time of the day or night, any day of the week, and it is the same for us, in return. The Bible says: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17 NASB).
But, for prayer to be sincere and not shallow, we need to have our hearts in the right place. We should not be willfully holding on to any sin in our lives, and we should be completely honest with God about where we are and what we are thinking and feeling. Then we need to be open to hear what he has to say about it, and then be willing to do what he says. Otherwise, we are just wasting our breath.
But, even if our hearts are in the right place, sometimes our brains aren’t. Sometimes we are distracted by other things or we are not truly focused on the Lord, and sometimes we may have to backtrack and start again, so that what we are saying is from the heart and not just words. Then, we won’t be just talking to ourselves, but truly we will be in communication with our Lord.
Now I would like to nominate Linda for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. I like Linda’s blog. I like her testimony for Jesus Christ. I like it that she wants to glorify God with her blog and that one of her goals is to encourage other believers in Jesus in their walks of faith.
The rules of this challenge are as follows:
Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
For 3 days, provide a quote each day and why you like or chose that quote.
Nominate one or more bloggers each of the three days for the Challenge and then send them a comment letting them know they have been nominated.
(When you receive a nomination, if you’re too busy, you can do it later if need be.)
Again, I want to thank Amy for nominating me for the 3 Day Quote Challenge. Amy is an encourager, so I thank God for Amy, for we all need encouragement.