margaret feinberg sent me her book, the sacred echo and i have been meaning to read and blog about it. when i received it in the mail work was super crazy and then i moved. well needless to say the book, along with all my other books were packed away. i have just now gotten it out and so i began reading it this morning. i will start out with the section titled exposed.
in this section margaret starts out by saying she was never much of a pray-er. if anything a yo-yo pray-er. there were many attempts such as praying standing, sitting, lying, a prayer notebook, a prayer photo box, but none of them stuck around. then she ended up making a prayer list in the back of her bible on the extra sheets. it is hard to lose your bible and that way its always right there. she started wondering why she was praying for all these things and people over and over when god already knows what he is going to do and already knows the words that are going to come out from her mouth before she even lets them out. then she started thinking of jesus’ parable of the tenacious widow who demanded justice. the judge finally caved, not because of her arguments, or the eloquence of her speech, or the testimony of her witness. he gave in because was a nag and wore him down. just like margaret says, i want god to not only hear my prayers, but to act on them. when god speaks to me i want to be confident to recognize his voice and then obey.
“i want a relationship with god where prayer is as natural as breathing.”
“i want my every inhale infused with his presence, my every exhale an extension of his love.”
margaret talks about when you feel or hear something and wonder if its god. questions like that take her to the story of elijah. in 1 kings 19, elijah hits rock bottom and is ready to throw in the towel. god asks elijah what he is doing here. he does not hold back with his response. his life is on the line, yet god does not answer any of his concerns. then god instructs him to go stand on the side of a mountain and wait. he is thousands of feet above sea level and the wind picks up. hurricane force winds are ripping the rock formations surrounding him. he hears an earthquake. the shaking finally stops. then there is fire all around, smoke fills the air. then it all vanished. god draws near, in the quiet sound of a whisper. he was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire. that got elijah’s attention and kept it. this time when god asks elijah what he is doing here, elijah answers somewhat the same, but god replies with specific instruction and companionship. you have to be able to hear gods whispers. he comes close and breathes into your soul.
not only do you need to listen for his whispers, but his echos. the things he says over and over. he says it so much you can not avoid it. to hear from the god, the main source and authority is the bible. it is like gods megaphone to his children. it is something you should spend time doing daily. god does not just talk to us through the bible though. he has talked to people through many methods. he is creative and he is persistent in getting our attention and communicating with us.