How do you like to be talked to? Loud enough to hear, in language that's understandable, I'm sure. Our language has changed in dramatic ways over the centuries. We speak using approximately 600 words. The Oxford English dictionary estimates there are 250,000 words with inflections in the English language, 47000 are obsolete, and around 20% are in use. Each year it seems that a new word comes into use and every public speaker, news anchor, reporters, etc. want to wear it out. I'm one of the last to know what the word means and by the time I fully understand it...the word is out and a new one arrives. A good example is the word dichotomy. It was on everyones lips some years back, seldom heard today. I found out what it meant a week or two ago. Seriously, our usage of the language today is limited, and dramatically changed, I am grateful. To think of me talking to you like this, "howst art thou this morn, didst thou sleepest well in thy bed chamber?" Or, "please, I pray thee, givest thou me thy thought. Art thou goodly?" I butcher the English of today bad enough. I would have massacred the old. You don't want to be talked to that way, do you? Well, I really don't think God does either. I'm not in any way tring to make a person who talks to God in Ye Olde English feel wrong about it. Some feel that speaking King James version to God is respectful. That's ok if you feel that way. My personal feeling is that I talk to God as my friend, or as I would my friend. He is not far away in the heavens that I need to yell at Him. He is present always, in me, next to me, beside me, and before me.(that may be confusing, if so, strike it from the record) I also don't think to Him. Mind thoughts directed toward God is meditation, in my way of thinking. Verbally speaking to God as a friend changes the face of prayer. To say to God as I get up in the morning, "Good morning, Lord! Thanks for the sleep, You're always good to me, what's up today?" I don't have to be formal and get a spiritual face on, just wake up with Him being the first on my mind, and in gratitude. I ask Him for direction, protection, and turn my will and life over to Him. You can pray however you choose, but pray..and believe He hears. Prayer without faith is a wish.
"Pray all the time." 1 Thes.5:17 (MSG)
So many people who have the addiction to drugs, and to alcohol, are encouraged to pray when they arrive in AA or NA meetings, but cannot. The main reason is they don't know how. They also feel God has no use for them and surely wouldn't listen. I, as others do, tell them to just ask. Just speak to God as though you were speaking to a friend or family member, He's waiting to hear from you. The real enjoyment for me is to watch them as they learn to pray like He's their friend, and He is, the best of friends. They don't pray with anyone present, but alone, with God. As they come to understand, and prayers are answered, they develop the habit, and do so daily in faith. This is not for those recovering, or just the church goer, but for you too. We should speak to God all the time, ask Him to fill you with wonder, to be your all, to protect your children, spouse, family members, and friends....and even your enemies, yep, I said it. Pray for the company you work for, others you work with, for the nation, the leadership(I did say your enemies), your neighbors, and everyone.
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession with thanksgiving be made for all people-for kings and all those in authority,(that would be the President and all our leaders on every level), that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness." 1 Tim. 2:1-2 (NIV)
Who covers your children in prayer? your spouse? parents? We should...just speak to God for them. I will tell you that prayer doesn't always mean quiet conversation either. We raise our voices to friends or family if we need their help, or we get into trouble. When we relate how someone does us wrong we become animated too, don't we. You can raise your voice to God as well. See David's psalms, he says with regularity, "God help me now! help me immediately! Don't delay!" There are times you just talk and cry, or talk to Him in laughter, the key is, talk to Him. James 5:16 says, "...The effective FERVENT prayer of the righteous man avails much." (NKJV) The idea is pray, just speak to God, tell him all about it. An old hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus has a line in the chorus that says; "o what peace we often forfeit, o what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer."
I thanketh thee all for thy readership, Thy God blesseth and keepest thee, thy servant, Keith.