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Prayer is an Individual Experience
This evening my two-year-old granddaughter walked about the house talking
into the telephone. Finally she looked up and said, "Nobody there." Sure
enough there wasn't anyone on the other end.
It's a feeling lots of people have when they pray. They talk and talk finally
giving up because they come to the conclusion there is nobody listening. It is
one of the challenges of our spiritual life. We long to hear God's voice.
Often I hear people tell me that God told them to do certain things. Just this
week someone told me God told him to come to college. I must confess this
presents me with a challenge. Sometimes I ask, "How does that work? Did
you hear a voice?" The answers I receive often end up with the answer that
"God telling them something" is a strong conviction or feeling providing
I keep asking myself, "Isn't communication with God more than a feeling?"
Some people feel like He is not there and others feel like He is guiding.
Both extremes are feelings. My conclusion is that prayer is a very individual
experience. One person's prayer life is not at all the same as another's. God
knowing our emotional and intellectual make-up comes to each of us in
exactly the way we need. While feeling does not work for me I am
convinced it does work for others.
Roger Bothwell and my address is firstname.lastname@example.org
or 151 Old Farm Rd. Leominster, MA 01453. Thank you for your
support of our faith ministry.
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