When you pray…


Source: Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.

“Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.”

Ecclesiastes 5:2 

These are the words of King Solomon and we should pay close attention to them because he was declared to be the wisest man who ever lived.  He was actually speaking about our prayers to God, but he wasn’t telling us not to talk to God very long.  Solomon clarified his words by saying, “Don’t be rash with your mouth or let your heart be hasty to utter a word or make a vow before God.”  He also reminded us that God is in Heaven and we are on Earth.  God knows much more about what is going on in our lives than we could ever presume to know so we should keep our ears open for God’s voice and our hearts attentive to His spirit.

Jesus said similar words about our prayers.  He said, “Don’t use vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking” (Matthew 6:7).  Prayer is not supposed to be a big theatrical production but a personal one-on-one audience with the Lord.  Yet many times, in our attempt to get what we want, we either make rash promises to God or we resort to making railing accusations about the things that are happening in our lives that we do not understand.

Solomon said, “To listen is better than to speak foolish words.”  Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).  Foolish words are not profitable, for by our words we are either justified or condemned.  We must not allow our mouths to lead us into sin and condemnation.  We need to be quiet unless we know that we are praying according to God’s will.  When we come to God we need to come without formulas and techniques.  We are to simply approach Him like a child approaches their earthly father.  When we do this, we will evoke God’s presence.

Then as we find ourselves alone with God, we will be so awed by His presence that our focus will shift from ourselves to Him.  In His presence, we will forget about our own desires and we will want His will to be done in our lives here on Earth as He has ordained in Heaven.  When we commune with the Lord, let our words be few so that we can listen and hear what the Lord is saying to us.

Source: Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.



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