Week 45 Thursday

Don’t Rush It

Today’s scripture selection: Ecclesiastes 5-6

Key verse: Ecclesiastes 5:1

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.”

When it comes to prayer – I usually suggest to people that they need not get too caught up in the details.  My favorite counsel is to just encourage people to say what’s on their minds and in their hearts; no fancy “religious” talk required.

But it’s worth noting what this bit of advice from Ecclesiastes has to offer.

Sometimes, it’s good to slow things down.  Take your time.  Calm down.  Listen before you speak.  In other words –

Don’t rush it.

I think it is easy to forget that God doesn’t just want us to “dial-a-prayer” (or in this day and age, “click-a-prayer”) and immediately start in with a long list of woes and supposed needs.

God wants to have a conversation with us.

And that takes time – and focus.

Think of a time when you had a good, long heart-to-heart with someone you deeply care about.  Picture sitting on a front porch; a quiet beach; pillow talk; a long walk.  Can you see it?  Remember it?

It wouldn’t have happened; wouldn’t have meant nearly as much if it had taken place “on the fly” while you were distracted or busy.

Real conversations – the ones that mean something – take time and effort.

So, while I don’t think God requires any special “packaging” when it comes to our prayer life – I do agree…

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.”

Don’t rush it.

Prayer: Lord, calm my heart and spirit, that I may listen and hear your loving word of counsel.  AMEN.

 

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