The problem is that we do not know what we should pray for.
Social networking and text messaging are very popular in this age of technology. By comparison, though, how do we individually rate our personal communication with our best Friend, Jehovah? How often do we take the initiative to speak to him? Some servants of God do not find it easy to open their hearts and express their deep emotions. Yet, that is what Jehovah wants us to do when we pray. Even if we find such heartfelt expressions difficult to put into words, we are not without help. Paul wrote to Christians in Rome: “The spirit itself pleads for us with unuttered groanings. But the one who searches the hearts knows what the meaning of the spirit is, because it is pleading in harmony with God for the holy ones.” Our meditating on the words recorded in such Bible books as Job, Psalms, and Proverbs will help us to express our inmost feelings to Jehovah.
I concur. The Psalms are particularly comforting and encouraging. It seems there is a Psalm that touches upon just about every situation that we might find ourselves in. Personally, I read the Psalms more than anything else these days.
One reason we may find it difficult to pray to God, unlike texting or social networking, our prayers are all one way. We do all the talking. God does not return our calls.
That is not to say he does not receive our messages. I believe he does. In fact, I know he does. And he often responds in some fashion. It may not be instantaneously or in the way we may expect, but that is to be expected. He is God, after all. And, sometimes a prayer that we may assume went unanswered was in fact answered. The unspoken answer was “no” — or maybe “not now.”
The reason God does not communicate with us directly is because we are sinful and God is holy. There is a considerable gulf in between.
Thankfully, though, Jehovah has already prepared the basis for us to have a real relationship with him, as Adam and Eve had originally. The remedy is the sacrificial death of Jesus. Since that is already an accomplished fact the blessings it will ultimately bring are a sure thing. What blessings? Nothing short of what Jesus called “the re-creation.” The re-creation of what, though? The re-creation of paradise, of human perfection. Most importantly, it will be the re-creation of our lost relationship with God.
In the garden of Eden Adam regularly conversed with God. Just think of that.