Recently, I’ve had some experiences that have been really tricky: conversation I didn’t agree with, uncomfortable situations that made me feel insecure, topics being discussed that are WAY outside of anything I know about, etc. As I’ve been in these situations, it’s been difficult for me to figure out what to do or say because there didn’t seem to be any easy or obvious solutions, answers or escape routes. In the past, I’ve found myself saying stupid stuff, or just withdrawing to a wall flower status & getting internally frustrated.
But I think I’ve found some help with these types of problems: quiet prayer. In the last few days as I’ve been in these challenges, I’ve stayed quiet, but quietly in my heart asked God for help and that’s exactly what’s happened. God has answered my quiet prayers in several different ways by giving me:
- insight & wisdom into the situations & conversations
- patience & strength not to say something stupid or that I’d later regret
- discernment on how God was leading the discussion or situation
- awareness that God has purposes for stuff that doesn’t always make me feel good
There’s a boatload of value in long & loud prayers, but also in short & quiet prayers: the full truth is that prayer is very good 🙂