Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Tennis with God

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Communication takes a miracle. The 500 most commonly used English words have an average of 28 meanings each! So the odds that you actually know what I’m saying here are not very good. The odds that I know what I’m saying are even worse. If connection happens at all is pure wonder! In fact, I believe that human communication is one of the clearest proofs for God’s existence and evidence that we’re truly made in God’s image.

 

When communication does truly happen, when things “click” – and we’ve all been in situations where the conversation takes wings – it’s because certain extraordinary elements come together. The most important is something we can call “synchronization.” Researchers studying a film of people talking around a dinner table noticed that as the conversation “clicked” the participants began mimicking each others’ movements, intonation and posture. Communication “worked” when they synchronized, gave up “plotting” and “lecturing” and instead “engaged” with their friends by listening and responding. That’s the secret – listening and responding. 

 

I found my voice with my Jill this way. [For the first part of the story, see "No More Mr. Plastic Man, July 10, 2009]. It happened one night after a college class we shared. At the end of the session we were assigned to “affirm” someone. Jill and I stood on opposite sides of the room looked around and found we were the only two without a match. I broke into a cold sweat. She rolled her eyes.

 

We sat down together. Miraculously, we started talking, really talking. Instead of worrying about how Jill perceived me I found I had crawled outside myself to listen to her voice. That’s when I found mine. Instead of plotting out my words I responded to her. No more “Mr. Plastic Man.” We communicated. The room emptied; it began to rain; and an hour later we were still lost in conversation, forgetting our past prejudices, forgetting the time, we engaged… A few months later, literally!

 

God is an actual person and the principles of communication work for him as well. After all, God made them those rules! Real prayer begins when I stop trying to script and say the right things, in the right voice, at the right time of day. Prayer begins when I stop making it “I” and synchronize with God’s heart. I needed to stop trying to impress Jill before we could engage; I need to stop trying to impress God as well. As I submit my heart into his, listening and responding, prayer becomes easy and natural.

 

Prayer is listening and responding to God, then listening to God’s response and responding again. Think tennis. Prayer is tennis with God.

 

How do you “sychronize” with God. How do you listen to God’s communication, then respond, then listen again to God’s response and respond back?  

 



  • http://blog.rivalspot.com Fatbalualp

    An interesting blog. I sent it to a couple of friends already! I even wish to advertise here… My site is related to football video games. Pls feel free to email me at: editor@ps3formoney.com

  • http://blog.rivalspot.com Fatbalualp

    An interesting post. The author made a good job! I even wish to advertise here… My blog is related to football ps3 games. Pls feel free to email me at: editor@xboxformoney.com

Previous Posts

Enroll Today in the School of Love
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. 1 John 4:16,17 I’m enrolled in the Scho

posted 1:51:04pm Sep. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Taking A Vacation From A Heavy Heart
Need a vacation but have no money or time? Come to Jesus. He promises Peace that passes all comprehension. But it isn't magic. It's provided for followers of His ways. It involves forgiveness – receiving it and giving it freely to all who offend you. This isn't an easy task, but it's a whole lot e

posted 12:36:11pm Sep. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Learning to Pray
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (Psalm 37:5) Children learn to talk. We too have been learning, talking with God in fits and starts ourselves. We half imagi

posted 10:23:14am Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

The Holy Spirit Prays Through You
  “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.” (Romans 8:26) Prayer is often expressed in words, our words. God values words. Words matter and

posted 9:05:27am Sep. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Jesus Prays For You
John 17… The night Jesus was arrested he prayed to the Father for all his followers, including you and me. While we pray to God in Jesus’s name it’s amazingly encouraging to know he prays for us. Today’s prayer – let Jesus pray for you! Find a Bible and John 17. Find a private place

posted 2:29:50pm Sep. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.