When we pray, when we talk to God, it is so easy to fill our prayer with words. There are endless suggestions for ways to pray with words. Here are just a few I know of:
ACTS – Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication.
5-fingers – the thumb for those closest to you, index finger for those who teach you and point the way, middle finger for those who stand above us in authority, ring finger for those who are weak, pinky for ourselves put into perspective of all the others.
JOY – Jesus, Others, You
Of course, there are many pre-written prayers such as the Lord’s Prayer.
All of these are filled with words, and they help us express our love and our needs in beautiful ways. But, we can forget that prayer is not actually about the words, it is about the relationship that we build with our loving God. None of these have a moment of silence or listening. How I would hate to have a relationship with someone who only spoke to me, but never listened to my response. Even if my response was only to say, “Thank you, I love you, too.”
So, today, stop for a moment and listen. There may not be a booming voice from heaven, but I bet there will be something. Maybe in the moment, maybe a feeling or peace in your heart, maybe a word or gift that you receive and recognize later, because you stopped to listen. Just listen, and see.