Persistence, Monologue and the Rear View Mirror
Jesus tells us to pray always…and not grow weary. (Lk 18:1) The idea is to be persistent in prayer. Does that mean we should pester God for what we want? I used to think so. But now I think persistence is faithfully praying over the long haul of life.
For years I spent my prayer time asking God for favors and forgiveness and saying an occasional ‘Thanks God’. But three years ago my prayer took a sharp turn. I read an article reminding me that prayer is a conversation with God. That stopped me in my tracks. My prayer had always been a monologue. I did all the talking.
I wondered what God would tell me if I tried to listen. So I looked in the rear view mirror of my life and then I heard God’s voice. He said: “Ron, I’m your companion on the journey…I’m your good shepherd…and I’m your best friend.” I’m so glad I finally listened.