There’s an old joke that says when we tell people we talk to God, they think we’re pious; when we tell them God talks back, they think we’re crazy. Indeed, if we’re not used to thinking about prayer as a conversation, it can seem scary or even impious to dare think we’ve heard Jesus’ voice, much less dare to write down what we think we’ve heard. But, as the Bible tells us, conversing with God has been part of the human experience from the very beginning.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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The LORD is close to everyone who calls out to him,
to all who call out to him sincerely.
—Psalm 145:18 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
(Follow today’s prayer with a moment of silence and stillness. Focus on your breath. Repeat the words of the prayer if that helps center you.)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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