My mother related that she learned to pray, read and sew, in front the large stove in her grandmothers kitchen in London. (See icecreams page 6) Talking to God was part of her life from that time on. I remember her story of the sixpence she found and hid. That night, when she said her prayers, she expressly asked God to look after it for her. However; when her Gran discovered the sixpence Mum made a mental note to tell God he hadn’t done a very good job. Which knowing Mum she probably did.
Years ago, I questioned one of my girls when she was quite small as I had missed what she was saying. She looked at me quizzically and said, “I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to God.”
Last Thursday, our devotional book pointed out the brevity of the request for provision in The Lords Prayer. “Give us this day our daily bread.” Whilst the Lawyers version would take 80 words Jesus only used seven simple ones. (*1) Later I picked up book of Doug’s written over 120 years ago and the reading was on the same subject. It quoted Peters prayer when he was about to drown, just three words. “Lord save me.” The writer stated that our prayers don’t need to consist of great oratory value. We are not praying for man’s approval. We are talking to God. (*2)
Do you think talking to God is just for ‘religious people’, Ministers, pious folk or only in church? No! Talking to God is for everyone and it’s not only for those desperate times when we call out like Peter. In actual fact, we may talk to God anytime; He is just waiting to hear from us. Remember, although it has been known, He is not likely to talk to us if we don’t talk to Him.
Now, this is a little too pious for me!
(*1) UCB Word for Today Jan 15th
(*2) Morning and Evening C H Spurgeon Jan 14th