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Prayer: a two-way communication with God


When we pray do we talk to God and then listen to hear His voice? Recently a very young child said: “ I am going to talk to God out loud and maybe He will come down and talk to me.” Then the child was very quiet and when someone next to him started talking, he said: “Shhhhhé. I am listening to see if God is going to talk to me.” The small child in his innocence and childlike faith was really waiting to hear God’s voice.

In the book of Samuel, we read of a young boy who was dedicated as a child to serve in the temple. As he was sleeping one night, he heard someone calling his name. Thinking it was Eli the priest, he went to him and asked him if he needed anything. The priest had not called him so he told him to go back to bed. Samuel heard the same voice calling his name again, so went to the priest again and again the priest told him he had not called him. The third time, Eli realized that it was God trying to talk to Samuel but the child did not realize that God could speak in an audible voice. Eli told Samuel that the next time he heard that same voice calling his name he should say: “Speak, Lord for thy servant heareth.”

We all pray to God but sometimes it is a one-way prayer. We know God hears us but we don’t realize He can talk to us also. Prayer should be a two-way communication between God and us. He will not always talk to us audibly but He will talk to us whichever way He sees fit. We should always approach prayer expecting God to speak to us also. Many times God wants to speak to us but we don’t recognize His voice. Other times we don’t stop to listen to His voice.

In a recent conversation with a very good friend, my friend was sharing about her communication with God. She said “I talk to God all the time about everything.” I praise Him, worship Him and when I have a need, I make my needs known to Him and you know what?” she asked. “He answers!”

What a wonderful example this is to all of us. This is exactly the kind of relationship we should have with God, our Father. God is interested in having a two-way conversation with us.

In Isaiah 55:3, God tells us “Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” The next time you pray, ask God to speak to you and then listen.

If you need prayer, we invite you to call us at 830-779-6361, or you can come to our prayer meeting on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. in the school chapel.

If you do not have a home church, we invite you to attend our services. Sunday worship services are at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday service begins at 7 p.m. Friday prayer meeting begins at 6 p.m. Saturday -- gym night 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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