Are you frustrated that your prayers don’t seem to be going anywhere? Try this: stop talking.
When did we come to view prayer as a one-way conversation, with us at the microphone? If you were God, would you want to listen to people talk about themselves all day? The Bible tells us over and over again that the Almighty already knows what we are praying for. We don’t have to say a word.
Every now and then we need to sit back and let the Almighty offer His opinion. Or perhaps we should just relax and enjoy His presence, whether it’s in the peace of your arm chair at home, a quiet pew in church, or lying on a hillside watching clouds.
God won’t force His will upon us; we have to choose to accept it. Likewise, God won’t try to outshout you or the world. His word is there, in the Bible, and in our souls. We just have to shush long enough to recognize it.
Give it a try. Shhh.