I can be a chatterbox. Maybe not when you first meet me, but once I get comfortable around you, I can go on and on.

My prayer life is sometimes like that too. I don’t typically set aside a specific time to pray, but instead I try to keep a constant dialogue with God going throughout the day. The only problem is that most of the time that “dialogue” turns into a monologue. I ramble.

Now, I think God loves this, and I’m not just saying that to make myself feel better. I truly believe that God loves talking with his children. When my kids talk to me, it stops me in my tracks and I listen (most of the time). I think God is the same way.

But like I said, a lot of the times I can get into a ramble. I ask for things. Sometimes noble things like wisdom and strength to get through the day; and sometimes not so noble of things like for certain things that I don’t want to do to just go away so I don’t have to deal with it. I talk and talk, and then one day God hit me with this, “Stop talking!”

All of a sudden I couldn’t think of anything to say. I sat in my chair quietly, literally struggling to think of words to say, but nothing came. Now I didn’t hear the audible voice of God, but I heard words that were clearly not from me. It said, “You always are asking for direction and you always say you want to do my will, but you won’t stop talking long enough for me to tell you what I want you to do. I want to tell you my plan for you, but you need to listen sometimes.”

What a simple concept. God wants to help but sometimes we won’t listen for him.

In Psalms 37 it says “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…”

Sometimes we need to just sit silently before God and listen. You might be surprised what you’ll hear.