As I wrote this post last year the heartfelt words burst forth with ease, a joy I only occasionally experience.
As is my custom, I pray for God to give me His words and a sense of peace before I “put it out there”.
Honoring God and being a vessel through which He accomplishes His purposes, is my deep desire yet an often daunting responsibility.
May my little prayer remind you of our loving God and encourage you to talk
with Him, the one source of true love,
hope and peace.
Talking to God brings me peace
like the serenity of sitting by a babbling brook
the majesty of hiking in the highest mountains
Talking to God brings a smile to my face
like the warmth of a ray of sunshine
a rainbow in a cloud filled sky
a cotton tail bunny hopping through the garden
Talking to God is pure joy
like a gentle kiss
sweet and loving
Talking to God fills me with wonder
at the splendor of a flower filled meadow
the beauty of a sunset
the skill of dolphins dancing above the sea
the vastness of His creation
the depth of His love
Talking to God creates a thankful heart
at His mercy for the sinner that I am
the grace He extends me
His countless blessings
my salvation through Jesus Christ
Talking to God brings me comfort
like the caress of my husband
the hugs of my boys
Talking to God brings hope
of following His desires
Prayer is talking to God
Bible Verses on Prayer:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
But I trust in you, Lord;
I say, “You are my God.”
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Notes about “Prayer”
I have seen Prayer referred to as talking to God and also as talking with God. I wanted to know a bit more about what the Bible says in relation to this question so I did a quick research of the topic to understand the issue better.
Thomas L. Constable, Th.D. in his Book on prayer, Talking to God: What the Bible Teaches about Prayer states “there is no verse in the Bible that give us a definition of prayer per se.
Consequently we must discover what it is by examining the prayers and references to prayer in the Bible if we want a biblical definition.
Essentially prayer is talking to God.“
He further writes “moreover the Bible limits prayer to human speech godward.” and he writes
“Furthermore the work always refers to our words to God. His words to us are something other than prayer: revelation, answer, response, etc.”
He also explains that several different Hebrew and Greek words, (OT and NT) …translate to “prayer” in our English versions.
“They refer to general or specific types of speech directed to God. Generally “prayer” refers to any and every expression of our thoughts and feelings to God, audible or inaudible. Specifically the word refers to petitions or requests of God (James 5:13-18).
We find both uses of the
word in Scripture.”
Dr. Constable writes “we can divide all prayers into two groups.
“We ask God for something for ourselves or for others (“intercessory”)
or We tell Him something.” These can be questions of God or statements to God.
To read more on this topic click here
I wrote this post last year. I saved the draft as usual and frankly forgot about it. As I stated above, I always need a sense of God’s peace before I publish a post.
Today after a great sermon by Jonathan Pokluda on prayer at Watermark Community Church, I searched my posts. Joyfully finding the post above, upon review and prayer, I added 2 verses, notes & backstory to finally publish what you have read above.
I was talking with God and listening to His will.
To God be the glory! – Julie
Thomas L. Constable, Th.D. ia a professor at Dallas Theologic Seminary