But does God have a preference whether we pray aloud or silently?
God has given us gifts called time and prayer that coincide within our lives. Prayer is intended to be an ongoing conversation, personally and/or corporately, with God- at all times and in all places. Yet often, prayer is treated like it functions on a light switch; being turned on, then off, then on again as we have needs. Then off again when things seem under control and we can manage things going forward.
Solomon talks about the matter of time in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 14:
A friend recently shared an acronym relating to the word, busy...
Busyness. For some, it's a way of life. For others, it's a crutch. For others still, it's an addiction. But whichever category you may find yourself in, you either are currently experiencing it, or have experienced it in times past.
Who was more busy than Jesus?
His days were filled with travel, teaching His disciples, speaking to crowds, giving private interviews, healing, and more! Yet He found time to pray.
Why did He pray, and why was it necessary?
Last night, toward the close of a year-ending prayer meeting, the Lord led me to seek Him to change the hearts of 1-3 world leaders from worldliness to faith in Jesus Christ in 2013; Saul to Paul conversions, if you will.
As I awoke this morning, the burden to pray this continued. Then I began to think, "The world, and its nations, will change in 2013- as they do every year. Will I seek their change through prayer or prayerlessness in 2013?"