Through many years of knowing Christ as my Lord and Savior, He has become my closest friend. He has always been faithful and has never let me down. I love spending time with Him each day in prayer as I lean my head upon His chest while listening to His heartbeat.
Have my prayers always been answered? I have to say yes, in God's timing, not mine. And not always in the way I desire. But that doesn't mean that He doesn't hear our prayer.
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them." Romans 8:28 (NLT)
Prayer Requires Discipline:
We discipline our bodies to exercise, diet, practice an instrument, learn a new language, etc. So, likewise, we must discover a disciplined prayer life because every relationship requires communication to develop and grow. And it's the same with God.
"Pour out all your worries and stress upon Him and leave them there, for He always tenderly cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (TPT)
Prayer Requires Listening:
But while Peter was still speaking, a bright, radiant cloud spread over them, enveloping them all. And God's voice suddenly spoke from the cloud, saying, "This is my dearly loved Son, the constant focus of my delight." Listen to him!" Matthew 17:5 (TPT)
For everything, there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. Ecclesiastes 3:1&7b (NLT)
Listen, my sons and daughters, to everything I tell you, for nothing will bring you more joy than following my ways. Listen to my counsel, for my instruction will enlighten you. You'll be wise not to ignore it. Proverbs 8:32 &33 (TPT)
Knowing the voice of God comes from a relationship with Him. He spoke in a whisper many times throughout the Bible because He was inviting us to come closer.
"Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you. James 4:8a (TPT)
What is Prayer?
Prayer is a conversation between you and God. “Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 (NLT)
According to Wikipedia, the root word of prayer is as follows;
The word prayer is a derivative of the Latin word "precari," which means "to beg." The Hebrew equivalent "tefilah," however, along with its root "pelel" or its reflexive "I" hitpallel," means the act of self-analysis or self-evaluation.
What if every time we prayed, we went with the intention to self-analysis or self-evaluated, with a heart of humble repentance?
“But He continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.” James 4:6 (TPT)
“In, those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look to me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:12 (NLT)