Pastor’s Blog 2.15.18
Silent prayer, what an oxymoron. Too often it is simply silenced prayer! When you search the scriptures for patterns of prayer you will not discover the pattern of silent prayer. Prayer is a vocal communication with God. It is a conversation not just a thought projection. If God wanted us to only think to Him and not to vocally speak to Him he would have created us as telepathic communicators.
I really believe that this is one of Satan’s greatest strategies to isolate the church from deeper communion with the Lord. How about silent praise? Silent worship? Silent conversation? Silent admonishment? Or even a silent argument or debate? Doesn’t make much sense, does it? So, the greatest power we have, which is complete access to the Throne Room through the name of Jesus, has been for the most part, silenced.
So, the argument is, doesn’t God hear or know my thoughts? The obvious answer is yes. However, God knew (thought) He wanted to create the earth, the animals, seas, skies and stars, but the word doesn’t say He thought about it and they appeared, but rather He spoke it!
Now, there are times of meditation of the heart. I understand that, I have those too. But the patterns of communication with God in the scriptures and 6000 years of history is –
YOU TALK TO HIM OUT LOUD!
Acts 4:23-28 Prayer for Boldness (Ps 2:1-2)
23 And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.
24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them,
25 who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?
26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.’
27 “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together
28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. NKJV
When you run references on Biblical references to prayer you will find the common manner was “they said”, not “they thought”. I encourage everyone to make sure a large percentage of your prayer, most of it, is SPEAKING not just thinking.
There is power in the spoken word!
- Date - February 15, 2018
- Author - David Chisholm