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Our Prayer Life

Ecclesiastes 5:2

Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

profileTalkers – we all know someone who seems to think they know everything or most everything and anything.  They like to talk all the time.  Maybe they love to hear themselves talk.  They seem to be an expert on everything.

Do you remember the very popular TV show – Cheers (82-93)?  The show spun off another popular TV show – Frasier (93-04).   Cliff Clavin – was the mailman in the first series (Cheers) and made guest appearances in the later show (Frasier).  Cliff was played by actor John Ratzenberger.  Cliff was the type of person I’m referring to today – a talker – a know-it-all.  Like Cliff – many like him often have no clue about what they are talking about.  Cliff often seemed to make up facts and people to fit his need to be heard.

I draw us to Cliff this morning to exaggerate – I hope – what we do with God in prayer.  At times I believe we forget who it is we are praying to when we pray.  Today’s passage speaks volumes. Ecclesiastes 5:2 – Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.

Let me suggest that when we spend time before God we should be the ones listening more than speaking.  Oh – I know what you’re thinking – God doesn’t speak to me.  Maybe the reason some of us haven’t heard God speak to us is because we hardly give God a chance.  Maybe our prayer life is like this – Lord, thanks for all you do and will do – here’s some things I’m dealing with – help please – thanks – see you later.  I know that is a bit crude – but it might fit if you think about it.

What if our prayer life were more like this – Lord – You are awesome – the Master of my life – I’m struggling – as You well know – I lift my concerns before You – and then humbly sit before God and seek His face and desire His grace followed by some time in the Word.  Maybe God would find a way to speak to us if we gave Him and opportunity.  What do you think?

Make prayer a regular part of your day.  Set aside time to sit before God and listen.  Don’t feel so compelled to say something during your time of prayer.  Don’t be a Cliff Clavin before God – seek His face and desire His grace.

I’ll close today with two quotes I found about our prayer life.  “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” Corrie ten Boom “We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.”  Oswald Chambers 

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 17, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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