PRAYER VOICES: DO YOU HEAR YOURS?
Voices… praise, penitent, present, patient.
Voices…cries, complaints, compromise, consent.
Voices…soft, sincere, solemn, submissive.
Voices…articulate, academic, artificial, announcer.
Voices…inaudible, innermost, introspective, intentional.
Voices…rote, rigid, repetitious, recitation.
Voices…joyful, jubilant, joyous, joy.
Voices: thanksgiving, transparency, trust, truth.
Voices…unspoken, underneath, unconscious, unresolved.
What prayer voices do we offer to God? Our tone, attitude, purpose, approach, language in prayer all indicate something about our relationship with God. We know that He can listen even when we don’t physically utter words, because He is omniscient and all-knowing. I AM—in present tense—is always present when we use our public voices, our inner voices, and even our unconscious voices for prayer. Yet, as David’s prayers indicate, God will not listen and hear if sin is “cherished” in our hearts.
Psalm 66:17-20 17 I cried out to Him with my mouth; His praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
19 but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.
20 Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!
Psalm 116: 1 I love the LORD, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy.
2 Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.
What voice should we present before God–that He will listen to and hear the prayers we bring to Him? What heart must we have that He will listen to what has been uttered and hear what is really being said?
Like any father, God desires communication with His children. We owe Him a respectful voice; we owe Him our utmost presence; we owe Him our praise, our submission, our gratitude; we owe Him joy for all He has done for us. We owe Him a voice and a heart that demonstrates our love for Him, our Father. Hallowed is His Name and hallowed is our time with Him. Our prayer voices must be appropriate for this special time spent with our God.
(Sharon G. Tate blog 03/15/15) teacherforjesus.com