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Topic: Fulfillment (04/06/06)
TITLE: When I Pray
By Stephanie Eckenroad
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When I pray, I don’t 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. He’s glad to be with me, and I am never made to feel rejected when I don’t show up at the “right” time.
When I pray, I am prepared with my bible, my journal and a pen. I expect to hear my friends voice. Sometimes it’s a thought or an idea. Sometimes it’s a bible verse. Sometimes I hear nothing at all, but I enjoy just being with my friend.
When I pray, I’m real. I don’t pretend I’m something that I’m 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 I’m strong and where I’m 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 don’t 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 I’m 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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