Sunday Stillness – What is Prayer?
As I have spent more time with God the past few days He has shown me something I didn’t really know before. Well I guess I knew it but it didn’t really sink in. Here is the question I have been asking myself.
What is prayer?
I thought it was a conversation with God but now I think it is more than that. Reading from Oswald Chambers this month I came across this statement:
Prayer is perfect and complete oneness with God.
Wow – not just talking and listening but really being in communion with God. I like that. The more time I spend with Him, reading His Word – and thinking, and studying and really sitting down… yup sitting down with Him – then we get closer.
About 15 years ago when I first started my journey to learn about Jesus and God I drew a picture. Here is what it looked like. My fervent wish at that time was to move my line closer to God. Over these years I feel that has happened.
And looking back in my journal from 2001 I found I wrote this. “I am ready for a full productive day.” And that was after time with God in prayer and study.
Now I don’t do it right all the time – or even most of the time. But sometimes, I feel like I’ve understood.
Just sit with God.
Slow down and take that time to rest in Him. He always gives me more than enough time to get “other stuff” done. And He even gives me help in ways that I couldn’t have imagined.
If you are feeling rushed, frustrated, angry, out of sorts – may I suggest you stop right now. Stop reading. Stop typing, stop everything and breathe in the breath of God. He will lower your blood pressure. He will stop the headaches. He will give you the peace you need and the strength to keep going.
What is prayer? Is it talking or listening to God? Or is it more? (tweet this)
Today is Sunday Stillness.
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Beautiful words about prayer, Janis! Just sitting and being and breathing in God is what we need to develop that relationship that we crave. Thank you for sharing this at Weekend Whispers.
Janis, this is one on the best posts that I’ve read all day. Thank you for sharing this, sweet friend! Peace and many blessings to you, Love! 🙂
No doubt that it has been a productive and enlightening vacation for you. 🙂
Janis, I really enjoyed you sharing Oswald Chambers interpretation of prayer being oneness with God. That is revelation and makes total sense when we look at Scripture, especially John. Jesus prays that we will be one with Him as he is with the Father.
And thank you for sharing your personal handwritten journey with God.
Blessings to you.
I think it’s interesting that you are talking about some of the same topics that Mary Geisen talked about over at Barbie Swihart’s “Weekend Brew.” Worship and prayer go hand in hand and are so very important to our sense of courage in the Lord. Thanks for giving us a peek into your private thoughts/prayers, Janis. Always a pleasure to visit your place and thanks for the linkup too!
Janis, thank you for sharing so personally with us here. One day a few weeks ago, I had put on my sneakers and was heading out the door at 5:30am for my walk, when I heard, “Sit with me.” So I took off my shoes, and sat. You know what? I didn’t hear anything the whole time. But I believe that God just wanted me to do just that-sit with Him. Whether I felt His presence or not doesn’t matter. He was there just the same.
“Sitting with God.”
What a great perspective on prayer.
I love the handwritten journal entry! Thanks for opening your journal to our eyes!
Thank you for hosting!
So true and so good. I’ve been thinking on prayer lately too and love that Oswald Chambers thought. Thanks Janis!