Whispers of Prayer

Can you stop. Please? Just, stop. Stop talking. Stop rushing, stop doing. Just for a moment. Take five- . Sit down. Shut it. No—Don’t say it. Not a word.

Can you stop. Please? Just, stop. Stop talking. Stop rushing, stop doing. Just for a moment. Take five- . Sit down. Shut it. No—Don’t say it. Not a word.

Wait…what? Have you ever had someone say this to you? I have. I don’t think I talk too much either. It was probably with one of my kids. Anyway- Do you ever really take -10 minutes and just let the mind wander? Let it go through the “rabbit holes” of life? Let the thoughts just roam over time and space?

If the mind could just wander, would it scare you? I was raised very proper like, in a British/American home, sprinkled with  extremely conservative morals. Things such as, ladies were to always wear dresses all skin must be covered. No make up on, very minimal jewelry was to be worn. Proper speech all the time using as big words as possible. Education was to be seen at all times, in dress and speech. Exhausting. Especially when work ethic was never taught only expected. So yeah, I was scared silly to let my mind just wander. I was terrified i would think horrible dark, nasty things. Or find out i am a secret serial killer or drug addict.

What I have found has actually surprised me. I have found more about myself by doing this short exercise. Sitting quietly uninterrupted for five minutes, and let my mind just wander. Some days it was my future, some days it was my past, some days it is my work. Then I ask myself five random questions. Ok, this really is not hocus pocus stuff. This small exercise is really about controlling the  mind.

Wait – What? letting your mind wander is controlling? Think of it like this, a well exercised dog will less likely run off.

There is a word for all of this, called Meditation. The Word of God has a bunch of information on it. Psalms is a good one for that. Psalm 119:27, 28

“Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on Your wonderful deeds. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”

This is so cool! Once we are in the right relationship with God, He will guide our thinking. Is this easy? Nope! Is it hard, only when I wrestle with my own selfish needs.

Philippians 4:8,9  MSG  summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst, the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. PUT INTO PRACTICE what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into His most excellent harmonies.

So, I have talked a lot of meditation–but my title is prayer. Can I ask you this, how many times have you sat down to purposefully meditate and it has turned into a prayer session? >>>> Me — If I could insert an emoji, it would be here. I always end up having a conversation with God. I strongly say conversation! Whispers of prayer is not a laundry list of items and requests. It is a time of mediation, of thinking about things that are important o my life and then waiting to hear the still small voice that will lead me to a scripture or and act I need to follow through on.

But COME ON!! STOP – Wait – Listen to what the mind is going through!! It is ok to whisper a word of prayer. He is waiting for us to stop.

Safety – Security – Solid – WOW!! practice freeing the mind.

Author: thewidowwomanblog

I am a 53 year old widow who is watching her kids step out into life while holding tight to the Creator's hand.

3 thoughts on “Whispers of Prayer”

  1. Another great sharing, Wendy! I love the fact that your mind wanders to the Lord of the Universes! No better place to let it roam!

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