The Conversational Prayer!

12/01/2021 00:00 - 23:00

“Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”Luke 11:1 (NIV).

A long time ago I had an elderly friend who was a great conversationalist. He would call and freely talk on almost any subject under the sky. As the conversation tapered off, and you were eager to bring it to a conclusion, then he would suggest, “Now, let’s pray.” His prayer, just like his conversation, were a journey, in which you felt you were no more as he talked intimately to God, bringing to Him all the issues you had talked in a gentle and lovely voice.

There are many forms of prayers said. Some are scripted prayers like the Apostles Creed. There are spontaneous prayers that emanate from the spirit. The Roman Catholic Church has a list of written prayers to be said to certain saints. Prayers are our expression to the utmost God, where as His dear children we unburden ourselves to Him, in many ways.

One way to pray is as though we are conversing with God. We see that in the life of Moses who on more than one occasion he pleaded to God as with a close friend. At one point the fury of God was bordering on exterminating all the Israelites for their rebellion. “Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: “Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand… Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’  So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people” (Exodus 32:11-14)

One has a feeling that Moses was very comfortable while talking to God. He talked to God as a friend, a loving father, someone he knew very well was on His side. He could go on and on making his case, quite unhurried. Which reminds me of my old friend who has since gone to glory. I can imagine the long conversations he is having with God, for he must have picked up from where he left. May God help us come to Him and talk to Him frequently without a script as with a dear friend, knowing that He is gently listening and ever on our side.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, once the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, and today I pray that your spirit enables me always to come to you and talk as with a dear friend, for you are a loving and listening Father.