Hello one and all!
Firstly, apologies. I haven’t posted in a little while due to the fact that my blog has been very ill indeed. It’s still not 100%, but at least it’s allowed me to post! A virus on it meant that I was unable to log in/post etc, but things are slowly being sorted. Yay!
I’ve been thinking about human-God communication… prayer. It occurred to me the other day that God is always speaking. Maybe not very obviously, but he is always speaking.
I think about the famous line of that hymn, “Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire, O still small voice of calm”. God can speak very explicitly and loudly, but can also speak in a calm. Sometimes with life going on all around us, it’s hard to be able to listen to God. Imagine a big crowd, all talking, and trying to listen to someone in the middle of that crowd; very hard indeed.
What got me thinking even more is that if God is always speaking to us, then surely it is quite rude to not answer him. Which is why I’m trying to brush up on my praying. I love doing Bible study. I’m currently going through the Bible in one year. But in the past, I haven’t found praying as enjoyable. But now, I’m starting to enjoy it and I want to try and cultivate this more and more. Praying is communication. Praying is relationship.
It seems to me that a large proportion of the Church has forgot prayer. And it has forgotten that God’s primary way of communication with us and him in a personal way is through prayer. Don’t get ratty with me about the Bible speaking to us. Because we can’t speak the Bible back at God (even though it is good for reaffirming promises etc). To be ourselves in front of God, we need to be us. Individuals. And relationships can only grow in an atmosphere of honesty, nothing held back and complete surrender.
So – what about your prayer life? Successes? Challenges? How are you going to challenge yourself on your prayer life for the coming days and weeks?
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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