“O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
In the secret places of the cliff,
Let me see your face,
Let me hear your voice;
For your voice is sweet,
And your face is lovely.”
Prayer is talking to God. Prayer is not just talking to God though. Prayer is listening to God. Prayer is a two-way conversation between God and man. Prayer is beautiful.
There are so very many words I could write on the topic of prayer. I could try to sound like a well-educated theologian, or pass myself off as an expert. In reality, I stand at the brink of a vast ocean of revelation with my pinky toe dipped in. The beauty of prayer is far surpassing my ability to comprehend or to reduce to beggarly language for human intellect’s understanding.
It is for that reason that I can only say this. Prayer is the heartbeat of God being revealed to the hungry soul who listens.
I once heard someone say that we cannot spend our lives sitting in prayer expecting God to listen. We should just remember the last thing He spoke to us and act on it. Others have said that God doesn’t always talk to us and answer our questions so we should expect little, and trust much.
Can I tell you what (through prayer) God spoke to my heart? Perhaps it will encourage you as much as it did me.
1 Thes 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing”.
Song 2:14 tells us that God delights to hear our voice and see our face.
Through simple logic we can deduce that God desires to hear us continually if possible. (Unlike the human mind which would grow weary of hearing our woes or even our joys day in and day out endlessly.)
And if God encourages us to “pray without ceasing” then we can be assured that God will be willing to communicate with us unceasingly.
Just as a lover courts his beloved through gifts and conversation to win her heart, so God loves to court us and woo us to His heart through His gifts of love and grace. He loves to speak to us concerning His love, and His nature. He loves to reveal to us His Son and all that He has done and prepared for us. But God is not a vain self-centered lover. God loves to speak to us concerning our lives.
He loves to help us, give us understanding, and also give us direction. God loves to see our face before Him. Nothing passes His eye. He sees every inflection of our facial expressions and body language. He notices our bad days, and our hard times. He longs for us to run with open arms to His secret place and jump upon His lap for a giant hug from heaven.
He sees our moments of joy, and pleasure. He rejoices with us. He desires for us to enjoy His presence as much as He desires and enjoys our presence.
To have a conversation with the King of all Glory, and never have to leave our homes, what a beautiful thing! He is our wonderful counselor. (Though we have earthly counselors, no ones counsel compares to His.) He is our healer. (Though we have doctors and medicines, no health compares to the health and healing He gives.) He is our Prince of Peace. (Though we can live peaceably among men, no unity of soul, no harmony of relationship can compare to the inward witness of our Messiah.)
To talk with God: incredible.
An audience with heaven: unfathomable.
To transcend the natural and touch the divine: radical.
All of this: possible, only because of Jesus.
To God be the glory.