We first need to learn to absorb God in order to learn the lessons on prayer. Then spontaneously we will learn the second lesson: to express God. It is not only easy but typical of us to pour out our miseries to Him when we pray. We will seemingly forget to praise Him amidst all these.
“The best prayer is not one in which we tell God many matters. The Lord Jesus said, “Do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? For all these things the Gentiles are anxiously seeking. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things” (Matt. 6:31-32). Hence, we do not need to tell God our distresses and miseries, for He already knows them; they are not a problem to Him. We also do not need to tell Him our condition. To do so does not require learning and is a natural prayer, not prayer according to revelation. A prayer of revelation is one in which we do not consider our failures or weaknesses…Instead of caring for our condition, we enter into God’s presence to contact God by looking to Him, beholding Him, praising Him, giving thanks to Him, worshiping Him, and absorbing Him. This is a sweet lesson.”
We speak to God, telling Him everything and/or anything, but do we let Him speak to us? It is supposed to be a two-way traffic, not a one-way street.
“Our problem is that we often go to God in prayer, but we do not let Him speak to us. We must understand that the best prayer is not one in which we speak to God but one in which God speaks to us…We should drop all our burdens, forget our requests, and pay attention only to what God is touching in us. Then we should pray only according to that point. Whatever God asks for is what we say. Then our prayer will be His speaking, His expression. The most genuine and valuable prayer is one in which God expresses His prayer through man.”
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