Monologue: a long and typically tedious speech by one person during a conversation.
Ah the monologue! Listening to someone pour out their mental thoughts and passions sometimes to exhaustion. Many a villain on the stage or on the screen has had his evil plot foiled due to his choice to enter monologue, thereby allowing the hero of the story to work the ropes loose which have bound them, or perhaps pick the lock the villain is too preoccupied to take notice of.
Oh, it’s not all bad...there are times for speeches to be made. However there is a circumstance in my life...(that God continues to remind me)...needs to be free of the monologue: Prayer.
Anyone who knows me decently well, knows that I love to converse. I’m a talker. My wife being the first person to bear witness that I dissertate often when given opportunity. But the trouble is I know that I am prone to carrying that into the “prayer closet” as well. Now we know from scripture that we should be making our requests to God through prayer and supplication (Philippians 4.6). But I believe that we also see in scripture the need for us to allow space in our prayer lives for God to speak to us. We are ever in need of His counsel. And for this we have His word and prayer. Here’s a passage to consider:
“Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.”
We may be “torn up inside” and wanting to unleash all the feelings within us to God in prayer...and please understand...that’s OK! We should come to Him and cast all our anxieties on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5.6-7). But when we do...my question is this: do you allow Him space to respond. Do you pursue dialogue with God? Both speaking and being spoken to.
We need His counsel and encouragement. We need to remember that in Christ Jesus He is leading us through this life to a glorious destiny in heaven with Him!
Find a spot to pray. Every day. And in that place resist the temptation to explode into monologue; rather open up the dialogue and see what the Lord speaks to your heart. Read His word in preparation for this time and remember that when God speaks to your heart it will always agree with His sacred Word.
”Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.” ~ Andrew Murray
-Pastor M.B. Jacobs :D