If you’ve been a reader of Smiling By Faith for a little while now, you may remember previous posts about the power that lies in the words that we speak and hear. Today, God spoke to me again regarding the application that often accompanies words. Ecclesiastes 5:2 warns us to “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.” Taken in context (I encourage you to read the verses before and after), this passage serves as advice to those who do not understand just how serious it is to approach God in prayer.
Let’s consider for a moment exactly what prayer is. Prayer is a conversation that you have with an all-knowing, all-powerful God who knows your thoughts, your heart’s desires, and your next steps even before they are formed. Despite his incredible position, He still makes Himself accessible to us and encourages us to communicate with Him in prayer without ceasing. With this in mind, it makes sense that one would approach God carefully. When we go to God in prayer, we are to guard our steps. While we are in no way required to be “experts” of prayer, we should not be full of words without having a heart that is ready, willing, and expectant of God’s answers.
The bible tells us that speaking many words does not ensure that they will be heard. We should be sincere in the things that we ask of God as well as those that we dedicate to Him.
When we pray for strength, we should genuinely open our hearts to graciously and faithfully endure situations that build strength.
When we pray for patience, we should not complain when we are made to wait.
When we tell God that we love Him, we should make sure it is known through obedience and service.
When we tell God that we trust Him, we must get ready to hold on tight and press forward when things begin to defy all logic and operate outside of our realm of understanding.
Please do not let this discourage you from prayer. I recently embarked upon a prayer journey with a sister-friend of mine and through it I realize just how much room there is for growth in my prayer life. I hope that this post encourages you to pray more…to pray more sincerely…and to pray more boldly than ever before.