From my 2016 Journal. A conversation
Karen: There are a lot of people out there who need my prayers.
Jesus: (with raised eyebrows) Oh really?
Karen: Well, isn’t that true? We’re taught, commanded, instructed to pray.
Jesus: (smiles) True. But that’s not why you pray.
Karen: It’s not?
Jesus: You pray because you love Me and I love you. It’s not a duty, a job, or a task to fulfill, a checklist to complete. People don’t need your prayers. I’m quite capable of taking care of them.
Karen: Ouch. Yes, Lord.
Jesus: I just want you to be with Me. I’ll guide your mind. Talk to Me about these people who are on your heart. I will listen, and I will consider your requests, but I know what’s best, and My will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven. I know your concerns. I know your thoughts before you even express them. But spoken words are important. “Believe in your heart and confess with your mouth.”
I have been a lifelong student on the subject of prayer and have met many who are skilled at verbalizing their prayers, but I have yet to meet anyone who believes they have mastered the discipline of an inner prayer life. Tell me what you’ve learned on your journey of intimacy with God.