After preaching on prayer recently, one of our Bent Tree friends sent me an email about how God taught her to move beyond pain and loss to restart the conversation. ~Steve
My husband and I heard your message yesterday and wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed hearing God speak through you. I want to thank you for your honesty and encouragement and heart for God.
I also want to share something God showed me about prayer after our son was killed 10 years ago. I had been a Christian many years, but in the midst of my great sadness, I found I didn't know how to pray anymore. Nothing I had prayed previously worked any longer. At first, I could only pray, "Jesus, help." I was totally stuck.
Over time, God showed me I could pray paraphrased Scripture back to him in a personalized and thankful way. For example, Zephaniah 3:17:
Thank You, God, that you are present with me, a strong Warrior who saves me. Thank you that you calm me with your love, and delight me with your songs.
And it works great regarding his blessings — agreeing with him and thanking him.
Thank you, God, that immense in mercy and with an incredible love, you embraced me, took my sin-dead life and made me alive in Christ. Thank you, God, that then you picked me up and set me down in highest heaven in company with Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6).
Of course, you can go on and on and on (which my husband says I sometimes tend to do)!
It was the way He showed me to initiate conversation with him. And then, of course, I am still learning the "listening" part of talking with God.
Enjoy God's blessings today and every day!