|"God is not really silent, we are deaf." St Theresa of Avila|
“The whole of our faith is the belief that God loves us; I mean there isn’t anything else. Anything else we say we believe is just a way of saying that God loves us. Any proposition, any article of faith, is only an expression of faith if it is a way of saying that God loves us….Herbert McCabe, British Theologian
We need only look to the cross to see proof of that love......
We have knowledge of that love because of what He has already demonstrated. Since He loves us, we must assume that He wants to hear from us! There is one requirement that will ensure that God will always answer our prayers and Jesus demonstrated it perfectly.
That we bring our desires in line with our Father's will. This kind of prayer can seem more like wrestling sometimes.
More than anything, God desires an open and honest heart. I like the fact that He encourages simple prayers.....I have great comfort in the fact that I can tell Him absolutely everything, and he loves it when I use my own words......
"And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words." Matthew 6:7
I love that God honored the humble prayer of the tax collector.....
"But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, 'O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.' Luke 18:13
I also love that God hears my silent prayers in those times when words fail. I just let Him read my heart with His Spirit in the quiet moments found here and there.