I’ve Stopped Asking God

“God wants to have a conversation with you.  He wants to answer. When He does, don’t doubt the answer.” Pastor James Sunnock

As I stated recently, I was raised in a Christian home and have prayed for as long as I can remember. However, I’ve noticed in the last couple of months, my prayers have started to change. I don’t always pray like I used to. There are still intercessory prayers for others and just conversational prayers with God, but sometimes what I do may not be considered praying according to you at all.  To me, though, it’s more intimate than I’ve been with God in a long time.

You see, more often than not lately, I don’t talk to God at all. I’ve stopped giving Him my wish list of wants, cares, burdens, etc. I just sit in silence with Him – resting, listening, waiting to see what He wants to tell me without any agenda given on my part. This usually happens as I’m drifting off to sleep but also during the day.

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And you know what I’ve discovered?  He answers me in ways that are better than I could’ve imagined. While I was expecting an “audible” voice or thought or feeling, I got silence instead as I slowly drifted off to sleep.  However, then, I will have a dream that answers my questions – telling me the direction that He wants me to go.  Or I will wake up with a song in my head telling me what He wants me to hear.

I’ve started really looking forward to my quiet time with God lately. It’s really quiet.  I’m not complaining, begging for my way or telling Him what I don’t like about my life or asking Him to change my circumstances. Nope.  I’m confident He knows my desires, my dreams, my talents. We’ve already talked those to death and He made me, so…yeah, He knows.

I also realized He knows what I need for the next leg of the journey better than I do. I’ve stopped fighting my assignments. I’ve stopped worrying about the details (most of the time) and when I do speak, I thank Him for what I have, that I’m one step closer to His goal.  I ask Him to help me learn what He wants me to master.

Since I’ve stopped asking God for everything, I can honestly say I’m happier. It’s exciting to sit in silence, knowing that when He speaks and what He says will be worth the wait.

© Cheri Swalwell 2015

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