Frequently, we feel the need to sound eloquent and spiritual. The result is frequently that we sort of stumble all over ourselves and speak to God in a way that we would never consider speaking to a person sitting next to us.
For example: Dear Heavenly Father, God, would you just, God, would you just hear my prayer Lord. Father, would you help me feel the presence of God, of the the Father, of You.
Translate that to a person. We would never say, Dear Jenifer, my best friend, lovely sister of mine, would you please take some time to listen to me? Best friend, would you help me know that you are here, Jenifer, my friend, my sister.
Now I realize that we should not equate people with God, as in they don't deserve the same kind of reverence. However, could it be our prayers are a bit contrived and it's because we lack intimacy with the Father so we just trip all over ourselves trying to sound like we have it.
Just a thought. I'm gonna try and work on this. Slow down as I pray and think through what it is I'm really trying to say to this God whom I claim relationship with.
I'd love to here your thoughts on this.
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