Sometimes we just talk and talk in a torrent of words, with those we are listening to doing the same. Twice as much talking and listening compressed into the same time. Important things emerge in the prattle, causing pauses and changes in direction. It’s good to let the words flow.
At other times we almost pause before the right words select themselves, and the intensity of listening is pre-eminent.
Personality, mood and occasion all play their part in determining which way we converse.
But you have to start talking, you have to trust yourself to the conversation.
Prayer is no different. It’s a pain when you want to prattle, but the words don’t come; or you want to listen, and you can’t turn the word tap off. It’s tough – but go with the flow. And don’t be afraid of silence. They say only good friends can be silent together. God does know you pretty well – sometimes you need to accept that and shut up. And enjoy it.
I don’t mean try and perfect it – just get on and do it!
Pray at all times and pray in all ways, as the song wisely advises us.
(PS Watch out for prayer walking opportunities this year!)