Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


God Talks Too V

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Does it ever seem as if God speaks in riddles? Do you ever wonder why he doesn’t just come out and write words across the sky for us? In Nine Ways God Always Speaks, we wonder too, and we speculate on God’s answer:

God is so much bigger and more amazing than we can comprehend, therefore, it’s no wonder his messages to us would be also be more amazing than we can comprehend. That’s why his messages feel like teasers, like puzzles missing a few hundred pieces. At the time we receive his message, it seems as though we can’t quite wrap our brain around the whole picture. God’s messages might initially seem confusing, but it’s not his intention to keep us in the dark.

Maybe the messages seem incomplete so that we’ll invest ourselves in understanding them.

To ponder their meaning.

To reflect.

To learn more about their source.

God uses incomplete communication to tease us into a relationship where he can reveal even more.

When we have sincere doubts about what we’ve heard, (or think we’ve heard), God will often confirm his message.

Especially, if we ask him to clarify it.

It may not be instantly comprehensible, but over time the photograph develops.

Do any of God’s messages to you seem “incomplete?” Do you ever feel like God “teases” you with his voice, but never comes out and makes the message clear? Have you gone back to ask for clarity, for more, for more of God?

 



  • Kat

    I think the message is clear, but we tend to second guess ourselves because we just don’t like the answer He give us.

  • http://connectionsunlimited4u.designingfutures.tv MaxGlenn

    For me the message and the answer are nearly always 20/20 in Hindsight!
    It is more difficult for me to discern at the time; however, I am learning to live and speak out of my HEART. The “message” is that life is an INSIDE JOB! Not the carefully polished persona that I have projected professionally for many years: carefully showing only the side of myself that I know is safe for you to see…..projecting what others expect from me!
    What a relief to be vulnerable and live from the “inside out” and just BE! This is me, a child of God, living and being the best that I know, often screwing up…but now willing to admit those screw-ups, ask forgiveness, and focus on being a channel for God’s Spirit. Use me, Lord, will all my scars, foibles and sinfulness, is my prayer each day.

  • SuzanneWA

    God may speak in riddles, but like a patchwork quilt, all the pieces come together with His response. Like the other poster says, it becomes crystal-clear in 20/20 hidnsight. We CAN’T hurry God; He answers prayer in His own time, in His own way. In order to receive from God that which we ask for, we MUST be patient, and allow it to play out BEFORE we give up. I may NOT know where He’s leading me, but I follow, blindly, the urgings of the Holy Spirit. You can’t doubt God in His wisdom.

  • Fran McCoy

    Is it just coincidental that You wrote about thismsg. today? Because, over the course of 4 yrs I have awakened on separate occasions where these short “parables”,(as I call them) have been etched in my mind.
    I have been trying to decipher them for some time now, but finally, just surrendering the whole process to God! Frannie

  • Mark Herringshaw

    This doesn’t sound like a coincidence to me. It sounds as if God to is getting your attention. Exciting! Find a friend you trust and share your experience. The God make his will clear to you.

  • Jane

    I am waiting to hear from God. Back last March my son was killed in a car accident. The day of the crash I pulled out a prayer journal I had not seen in years. it has binders in it for ever day of the week and different groups of people that I would pray for. I had not picked up that notebook in a few years. So for me to sit down on a Monday and lay my hand on that group of people, my family and especially my son was an event. Then for my son to be killed in a car accident that very night… At first I was afraid to pray, afraid that something would happen bad to someone else. But I have slowly started talking to God, and I hope that he will sometime help me to understand his greater plan for my life as well as my son.

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