Talking to God
What do I want to tell God?
What does God want me to tell Him?
Why does God want me to talk to Him?
"Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him." Steps to Christ 93.
"Prayer is not an expiation for sin; it has no virtue or merit of itself. All the flowery words at our command are not equivalent to one holy desire. The most eloquent prayers are but idle words if they do not express the true sentiments of the heart. But the prayer that comes from an earnest heart, when the simple wants of the soul are expressed, as we would ask an earthly friend for a favor, expecting it to be granted--this is the prayer of faith. God does not desire our ceremonial compliments, but the unspoken cry of the heart broken and subdued with a sense of its sin and utter weakness finds its way to the Father of all mercy." Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pg.86, par. 2
How should we pray?
Techniques of prayer
How interested is God in hearing us?
A little boy was playing with his cars in the dirt. He had an imaginary town with all sorts of very real dirt roads. But a troublesome rock sat right where an important roadway was to go through. Daddy stopped his hoeing in the garden to watch his son. The little boy got behind that old rock and pushed with all the strength he had. But that big rock didn't move. He got on the backside and pulled with all his might. It still didn't move. He tried pushing and pulling and pulling and pushing without success. Finally he gave up, sat down on the stubborn old rock, and cried. Daddy walked over, kissed his sons tear- washed face, and said gently, "Did you try your best?"
"Oh yes Daddy. I've pushed and I've pulled andÖ and DaddyÖ this rock won't move!"
"But," Daddy quietly replied, "I don't think you tried your hardest!"
"But Daddy, I did! I tried my very hardest! I pulled, I pushed, I tried, Daddy, I tried!"
"Yes, son, you tried, but you didn't try your hardest. You didn't come and get me." And then Father and son got behind that rock and pushed together and it moved.
The story of the boy and the rock brings us to the question: are we doing our best in life? When our Father stands by waiting for our request with power to move all the rocks of our lives, have we done our best? Have we thought to ask Him? (Romans 8:31-39)
Will God respond?
Yes. 1 John 5:14-15