Prayer is an activity and as such must be voiced, however; it is more powerful and effective if it is a true attitude of the heart, for it allows one to obey in the areas of ‘praying without ceasing’, ‘importunity’ and ‘fervency’. These are things that our Lord asks of us but they cannot be routinely duplicated in reciting prayers anymore than a young man can say all the correct things to his prospective wife, that pack power, feeling and sincerity, by reading them out of a book.

Have you ever awakened in the morning and the first thought that came to your mind, although not spoken, is to thank the Lord for His blessings? Have you ever held your young child in your arms, with no words being spoken, and been brought to tears of love, joy and thankfulness because he loves you and you long and pray for his future? Have you ever sat across an anniversary dinner table with your wife and communicated deep love . . . in silence? If there are those listening that have only experienced that many years past as a young person, you have missed the boat, for it is especially for the old. It is true and necessary that we express our love verbally at times, yet we must realize that life and love and prayer to our heavenly Father is INEXPRESSIBLE, goes far beyond words and is the substance of our life on earth. It provides for communion (two way communication) with the Lord and power to our requests for those around us. It is the purpose for which we were called into service but it cannot be realized if you only see the activity of prayer on the surface.

Several days ago my five year old grandson looked up at me and said, “Papa, can I go with you today?” As I looked down into his big brown eyes and sincere heart, I could not respond in any other way except to say YES. In like manner, if we come to the Lord with a true heart of love and desire and have an ongoing relationship with Him, even if words are not spoken, He will not refuse.

Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire,
Unuttered or expressed;
The motion of a hidden fire,
That trembles in the breast.

Prayer is the simplest form of speech,
That infant lips can try;
Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach,
The majesty on high . . . (Prayer is the Soul’s Sincere Desire)