We have talked recently about listening for God’s voice. But the other side of prayer – the talking side – is important, too. I believe God wants the kind of relationship with us that Jesus had with His disciples. The kind where we walk together, talking as we go.
One day I was taking my two young grandchildren to the local library. On the way, the one-year old was riding contentedly in his car seat and the three-year old was in her adjacent seat, saying something that I couldn’t understand. I had tuned her out due to traffic concerns, but, after a minute, I turned and said, “I didn’t hear you, honey, can you tell me what you were saying?”
“I wasn’t talking to you,” she responded. “I was talking to God.”
“Oh, you were praying.”
“No, I was just talking to Him.”
She was three years old and understood something I had been trying to put my finger on for years. God wants the kind of relationship with me where there is continual conversation. I am learning, yet, to talk to Him as I go through my day. To remember that He is always present and always eager to have His presence acknowledged and enjoyed. I can’t say that I pray all day long, but often I do find myself “ . . . just talking to Him.” Do you, too?
“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.” – 1 Peter 3:1