Is it Elmer Fudd? No its Ecclesiastes 5. The other night I had a list of prayer requests that I really wanted to take my time praying over. I retired to my room, closed the door, flopped on the bed and opened my bible to Ecclesiastes 5. I’m a little over a year behind on my daily bible readings, which actually means I’m only a few weeks behind now! I thought if I read some scripture ahead of time, it would prompt me to praise a little before asking for things. ‘Cause that’s how you’re supposed to pray right? And then, I read this…
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. 2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.
Well, I had to rethink my “spend a lot of time in prayer” activity. I sat in awe of that statement “God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so let your words be few.” What if I just named one thing at a time on my list without campaigning to convince God why He should do this thing. What if I just gave him a name and shut up?
So I tried it. Quite interesting. I dozed off. Woke up, said another name, dozed. Finally, I felt like I had forgotten something but as I looked over my list, I had mentioned every name. But I didn’t feel like I had put in enough effort for my friends and myself in need. I just spoke a few words to God and let it go.
What I came out with was peace. No begging, pleading or rambling. No presentation or sales pitch. It was one of those moments where you can completely relax because you know you’re ok–security. I felt confident in trusting God with those requests. Do you sometimes pray and then think, “hope He does it”. I was able to know that my needs were in God’s hands and feel that was the best place for them.
God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.