Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh no, I don’t pray out loud. I don’t pray well enough to let others hear?”

          Years ago, I heard a young mom say, “Sometimes I am so hungry to have an adult conversation, that I call my husband, and when he answers I say, ‘Da da goo goo!'”  That set me to thinking that when my children were little, I delighted in hearing them say, “Da da, goo goo.” I would imagine the Lord is the same way. Even if we just say, “Da da. goo goo,” I believe the Lord would be thrilled to hear our simple utterings.  We are talking to Him! It doesn’t matter what we say or how we say it.  We are talking to Him and He is listening. I’m sure He is saying, “That’s my child! Just listen. She’s talking to Me!” Jeremiah 33:3 states, “Call to me, and I will answer thee.” Note that the verse does not say, “Call to me in a proper and correct way, and I will answer thee.” Any of us can call, but it may well be a different way, yet God has promised to acknowledge our request. So I encourage you to take a chance; talk out loud to Him. “The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer” (emphasis mine) (Psalm 6:9, NIV).

Marilyn Heavilin Is a wife and mother; author & International conference speaker Author of Roses In December, December’s Song Becoming A Woman of Honor, Profound Common Sense When Your Dreams Die, Grief Is A Family Affair, I’m Listening, Lord

One thought on “SHY ABOUT PRAYING?

  1. Stphanie L. Dickinson says:

    Greetings, Diane, and a blessed new year to you!

    Ah, this writing! So very, very important. Prayer is SOoooo much more than words said to The Holy One…prayer is communicating with our Heavenly Father….developing a rapport and a relationship with Him.

    I was a “DaDaGoGo’er” for years and years and years! I had a degree, I was ordained, I was etc. etc. etc. — i.e. I thought I was pretty astute in the “talking to G-d” department. WRONG! It wasn’t until I really studied prayer, prayed about prayer, and actually took a class in prayer that I learned so much. Still, G-d DOES ALWAYS hear His children pray – and He delights in our prayers. He is The Holy of Holies – and He WANTS to communicate with us. How beautiful ! How positively wonderful of a Heavenly Abba we have.

    Thanks again, Diane, for this lovely writing.

    May this upcoming, new year bring to you and to your loved ones, blessings in abundance ! I miss you all!

    Steph. from Lancaster

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