Prayer of Presence


“Silence is God’s first language” – John of the Cross

(Listen to my song “Turn Off the Noise” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Matthew 6:7-8

“In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”


Jesus gives us a very meaningful teaching today about how to pray…but it has been roundly ignored by many of his followers.

Instead…they have done the opposite and have formulated written prayer after written prayer to recite endlessly…over and over.

Not that all written prayers are bad! It’s just that Jesus specifically advised his followers to pray by saying little.

In the only recited prayer Jesus is recorded as teaching (known as The Lord’s Prayer), he told his followers to say to God, “Thy will be done”…which of course means…not my will.

We need to get out of the way

By we…I mean our egos…and our non-stop chattering minds.

If, as Jesus told us, God knows what we need before we ask…why not ask God what that is?

The only way “God’s will” can be done is if we hear what it is that God wants us to do to make it happen.

For this to happen…we must be in tune with our Loving Source.

One good way to be in tune with God is by following the instructions Jesus gave just before today’s verses: “Go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret” (Matthew 6:6).

Be still.

Be present.




Listen to the song of the day “Turn Off the Noise” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Sample and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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