Let Your Words Be Few

I was small, so small that the back of the pew was almost as tall as I was.  It was a humble church of worn wooden pews, frayed hymnbooks and good people as solid as the mountain beneath their feet.

“Let us pray…”

A cacophony of voices rose, all at once, loud and strong, a fearsome sound like the drone of a thousand bumble bees.  I pressed my small hands against my ears to muffle the noise and wondered how God could understand so many hearts at once.

I have spent many years since learning to pray.  My practice began with “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” and “God is Great, God is Good” and grew into an ocean of words poured out before the throne of The Great King.

But as I have grown older, I have increasingly found my prayers are quiet exchanges of the soul.  It is painful for me to admit, but I am discovering my ocean of words to be self-indulgent, a grandiose distraction from the still, small voice of the Holy One.

Let’s be honest…I have spent a lot of time in prayer telling God what to do (as if I know!).  More and more, as I kneel in his presence, I am discovering the truth- I can’t possibly know how to direct The Holy when I don’t even fully understand my own heart.

And so, there is less treating God like a Divine vending machine and more…

“May your kingdom come,

May your will be done…”

(Matthew 6:10)

There is less arguing, more surrender.  There is silence, worship, and tender intimacy as I rest in the assurance of his great love.

I don’t presume to be an authority on prayer.  I am simply a pilgrim on a journey, a child awaiting the return of her Father.  I am a seeker of The Lover of My Soul, and I am finding he is most readily found in silence.

And so, I remember the words of Ecclesiastes 5:2-

“God is in heaven

and you are on earth,

so let your words be few.”

3 Replies to “Let Your Words Be Few”

  1. I am learning this lesson more every day. Thanks for this.

    Marcy Brent Sent from my iPhone

    1. Thanks, Sherri, prayer is the gateway to the Holy One. May be be humble before Him.

  2. Pondering silently and with a refreshing sense of peace. I so appreciate and learn from your shared journey. Thanks is not enough.

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