Effective conversation is like a tennis match. (Yes, you’re absolutely right – this metaphor occurred to me as I was whacking a little yellow ball around a court.) You hit the ball over the net, then your partner hits the ball back.
And you keep it going. Back and forth. Back and forth.
Prayer is supposed to be like that. An ongoing conversation between the Creator and the created.
We speak to Him in prayer and He speaks back to us through various means, scripture being a primary one. He speaks, we listen. Then we speak and He listens. Back and forth like a little ball over a net.
It’s a love match.
So how come on some days, “Help!” is the only word God ever hears from us? We don’t even use up all 130 characters of our prayer-tweets.
Sometimes we think praying is enough. We just don’t have time … or energy … or motivation to spend time in the Word. But you know what? It simply doesn’t work if you constantly feed balls over the net and never wait for your partner to return them.
Just ask Rafa Nadal after his 7th win at the French Open. Back and forth, back and forth.
It has to go both ways for conversation to take place.
That means, of course, that prayer and daily scripture reading go hand-in-hand. Like peas and carrots. Peanut butter and jelly. RC and moon pies.
Otherwise it’s not effective communication. It’s a monologue.
Prayer is designed to be a 24/7 dynamic, organic communication with a living, loving Savior that we grow to depend upon as much as the air we breathe. Not just an occasional occurrence, but a way of living every hour of every day. A lifestyle. Woven into the fiber of our very being.
Prayer is not just spiritual punctuation; it’s every word of our life’s story.
So how do we cease merely dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s in the prayer department? How do we transition from a guilt-prayer squeezed in late at night before zzzz’ing out to a “Pray without ceasing” existence?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
More about prayer next time …