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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
TITLE: When I Pray
By Stephanie Eckenroad
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When I pray, I donít have a method or a formula. Jesus is my friend. I talk to him and listen to him as I do with all my friends.
When I pray, I go to a place of comfort and serenity. There are days that this is a challenge. I have a family, a television and a telephone that battle for my time and attention. Some days this meeting happens in the morning, some days the afternoon, and some days late at night. Because Jesus is my friend, he rejoices when I show up for a visit. Heís glad to be with me, and I am never made to feel rejected when I donít show up at the ďrightĒ time.
When I pray, I am prepared with my bible, my journal and a pen. I expect to hear my friends voice. Sometimes itís a thought or an idea. Sometimes itís a bible verse. Sometimes I hear nothing at all, but I enjoy just being with my friend.
When I pray, Iím real. I donít pretend Iím something that Iím not with my friend. He loves me for whom I am. I am honest about my thoughts, feelings, and needs. As any good friend would do, Jesus listens. He shows me where Iím strong and where Iím weak. He gently points out where I may need to do or say some things differently. He comforts me and takes care of my needs.
When I pray, I ask questions - and listen for an answer. I donít do all the talking. The least fulfilling friendships are those that are dominated by one person. I want to hear the voice of my friend. If Iím not sure how to parent, I ask very specifically for wisdom. If I need to make a decision, I ask for direction. If one I love is in need, I ask how to pray for my friend. If I need a verse from the bible, I ask for one. Then I listen. I am amazed over and over again at the ways I hear my friends voice, if I only stop and listen.
True fulfillment, a sense of peace and satisfaction, is mine when I pray.
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