(Jesus said) I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit…If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you (John 15.5a, 7)


What language, O God, do I employ to seek you, to speak to you that I might be assured that you, please, will hear my ardent pleas?

Is it an ancient tongue known well by those long afore who stood before your throne of mercy and grace with empty, upraised hand, broken-open heart, and tear-stained face? (A tongue, like none other, I know not and cannot utter?)

Or is it the seraphic speech the Apostle knew, which, though sans word or sound, natheless, resounds heaven-round? (For this, too, I, time-and-space bound, cannot use to share my cause with you.)

Nay, neither of these, though I cannot know, need I know, for this I think, I believe: It only is your word that I do dare speak; that word of abiding, of being in Your will.

Then, aye, O God, by your Spirit, continue to teach me your will. Amen.

© 2021 PRA

Endnote: “seraphic speech the Apostle knew” is my reference to St. Paul’s word, “If I speak in the tongue of mortals or angels…” (1 Corinthians 13.1a; my emphasis)

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2 thoughts on “Tongue-Tied?

  1. Good Morning Paul!
    I remember participating in at least two of the sessions you did on how to pray! They were most helpful to me because I always struggled with what words to choose and how to phrase them. My prayers may not be the best but I do feel and believe that they are heard and for that I thank you.



  2. Loretta, long have I pondered how to reply to this your, as always, transparently honest post; particularly focusing on your words: “My prayers may not be the best…”

    I would ask you to define what you mean by “best”, for I perceive in your estimation of your prayers a critical self judgment. And I would pray that you not do that. For, I believe, that when we share with God our deep desiring of our hearts and souls, by virtue of that quintessential truthfulness, that makes them acceptable on high, which is another way of saying what you know: “…I do feel and believe that they are heard…”




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