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    Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (NIV)

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Why talking to God should be easier than talking to people

Posted by Luther D. Powell on May 10, 2012

First post while home for the summer! Feels rather surreal, and I’m trying to make decent use of my time here. With that, one thing that comes to mind a lot now is talking to God.

Whether you’d say talking to God and praying is one and the same, or you might recognize differences between the acts, I’ve begun feeling like people pressure themselves too much with the idea of personal communication with The Big Cheese. I mean, it’s a big deal, it’s a HUGE deal, the fact that Christ linked us on such intimate levels with The Father, and we shouldn’t take the idea lightly. However, God came to us, Jesus walked and talked with us so we wouldn’t have to be so timid with our Creator, so we could make our bodies His temple and talk to Him whenever we wanted to. It has occurred to me that, though we are puny, imperfect humans and God is not, it’s actually not so difficult to chat with God, and it should be easier to talk to Him than talking to other people, even.

In short, talking to God is easier than talking to people because He’s perfect and people are not. But you already know that, so I’ll go into more detail, and hopefully encourage readers that talking to God is more than just ranting to an unseen, flawless being whose responses and works are always mysterious.

Talking to God is easier than talking to people because God can always listen. When I say easier, I don’t mean it’s easier to know what to say and all that; finding the right words can take a while with any situation (like blogging). I mean it’s easier because He’s right there. Here, there, beside, beyond. God is inconceivably big, and He’s everywhere, always. When a person tells you he or she will always be there to listen, that’s not really true, because only God can always listen. People have busy schedules and on plenty of occasions, you’re going to want a friend around who just can’t be around. Plus, harsh as it sounds, not everybody wants to listen to you. Even friends will get exhausted with emotional ventings after so long. That’s what makes our friendship with God so special: He listens, cares and relates with us, all the while being our Sovereign King. When you’re addressing Him wholeheartedly, He’s not going to turn away or ignore you. He’ll hear you out, no matter what beef is on your mind, no matter where you are or what time it is. Come to Him humbly, but not with the assumption that He doesn’t want to hear what you have to say.

Talking to God is easier than talking to people because God will not misjudge you, misinterpret your words or twist them. At the most inopportune moment, a friend is going to take something you say and misinterpret the daylights out of it until it means exactly what that friend doesn’t want to hear. We’ve all had it happen and it stinks real bad. One moment, you’re having a cheerful conversation about music, clothes or favorite brand of toothpaste, the next, you’re getting the snot judged outta you, because you said something your friend took the wrong way. God won’t do that. He knows just what you’re saying, why you’re saying it, the origin of the thought which provoked you to say what you’re saying, and every factor in the chain of events leading into the electro-pulse-brainwave-stuff spurring the train of thought provoking you to say what you’re saying. Catch all that? Me neither.

Talking to God is easier than talking to people because His response can and does fix things. Though it’s not too often He’ll answer your questions or acknowledge your speech directly, like vocally-directly, He will respond if He wants to, because He loves you and wants to fix things. Maybe He always responds; there’s no way of knowing because His reply can be heard in so many ways and seen in so many happenings, our human minds don’t process every little detail of our lives that could be directly related to God’s answer. Either way, people can listen, understand and relate, but they can’t always do something. Ever been told, “I wish I could help?” or “I wish I knew what to say?” Me too, but that doesn’t happen with God. God will act, and if you don’t recognize an immediate response, He’s probably saying, “Just wait.” I mean, that’s the easiest answer for me to comprehend because it makes more sense than to have a perfect God who can’t take the time to hear me out. If you don’t feel like God is responding to something you prayed for, just wait. He’s not ignoring you. He’s either setting up the game board, or He’s waiting for you to realize it’s your turn to move.

In Christ,

Luther D. Powell

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2 Responses to “Why talking to God should be easier than talking to people”

  1. Mom said

    Do you really talk to your friends about their favorite brand of toothpaste?

  2. angchronicles said

    This idea of talking to God is easy. And I’m glad someone else said it. Each time I talk with a friend, he may have concerns about simple things. I say: “Pray about it.” or I ask: “Did you Pray about it?” The first time he said: I don’t think that’s what you ask God for.” I replied: “I ask God for everything.” The next time he simply said: “How do you do that?” We haven’t spoken since then, but I’m waiting for God to use me to talk about simply talking to God like he’s your friend.

    I’ve also learned that my friend although baptized is possibly not yet filled with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. I came to that conclusion at Bible Study reading about Simon the Sorcerer. So, I’m praying for my friend.

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