"Prayer is a conversation between two people that love each other."
As I continue to study and look into this new word, LISTEN...I realize more and more it's connection with prayer. So, I continue to strive to pray...more often. "Praying without ceasing" like it says in 1 Thes. 5:17, is a concept that has always given me slight anxiety. I've used prayer hooks and scripture hooks in the past to help me out....but the best explanation I've heard is that it's an attitude of prayer.
The more I remember that God is my friend...and realize the Holy Spirit's always dwelling in this body of mine...the more comfortable I can be with chatting along to Him throughout my day. He wants that constant dialogue. That also means I need to LISTEN to the One who loves me...not just talk His ear off cuz I love Him.
So, I decided to put an idea into practice...not fully sure of my expectations or rules for the idea. I found a cute, little turquoise dry erase board for my command center. I had seen prayer boards on Pinterest. They involved scraps of paper or sticky notes...which didn't appeal to my sense of clean and order. So, I just winged it...
So, I wrote them down...I used initials...and only wrote things that I would sit down and pray with that person right at that moment. Sidenote: if you're going to do this...be careful of people's feelings. If you can't pray it out loud in front of them...then don't post that prayer for all the world or family to see. DO pray about it though...just maybe in a private journal or your head.
But...here's where the LISTEN part came in...so neat!
Example that I can share: I wrote good health...and then we all got sick. That very day, Caleb threw up in my back seat. I would pass this board and chatter at God...it says good health but this isn't...oh, what is your plan...help me...etc...And as we got better...I realized that health would be RESTORED...I almost wrote that...but then, I realized that God really wants to RENEW me...not just physically, but spiritually. He wants that for our family...bigger than my eyes could originally see.
Psalm 119:18, "Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions."
So, each week...I erase and start again...some go right back up...but mostly...it's just an exercise in LISTENING! Maybe it'll be something for you to try too.