“Do not be quick with your mouth nor hasty in your heart to utter a word in God’s presence. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth – therefore, let your words be few.” Ecc. 5:1 TLV What does this verse mean to you? So if we “utter a word in God’s presence”, we are saying a prayer. We are lifting up our cares and desires to Him. Why must we not be hasty in our prayers? What does it mean to be hasty with our words? And why should our words be few? Let’s get some answers to these questions.
“And it will come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” Is. 65:24 So God is saying that before we even utter a word, our prayers are answered. In this sense, He is always listening; He is an all-knowing God. Silence can be rewarding if you handle it the right way. There are times and situations when you need to remain silent and bite your tongue so as not to make the situation worse. “One with knowledge restrains his words, and a discerning person stays calm. Even a fool, who keeps quiet, is considered wise, discerning, if he seals his lips.” Pr. 17:27-28 I do not believe that it is wrong to fall on our knees for days in prayer, completely beseeching God. But, I think it is important to find a balance, because we don’t need to come to Him explaining what’s going on, and repeating ourselves over and over again. His scripture states that He already knows what we are going to ask *before* we ask! So I think it’s important to come to Him with a heart of humility and cry out to Him in prayer, but not trying to pray a “perfect” prayer, or make sure you are saying it a certain way, or using the correct words, etc. Our job is not always to speak hastily, trying to get something sent to the receiver. It is to listen. If we are too busy uttering word after word after word, where does that leave room for Yahweh (God) to speak and answer? Let me submit to you that sometimes we won’t receive an answer from God unless we remain quiet enough to let Him move and speak. “…For God is in heaven, and you are on earth.” Yes! God is in heaven. HE is higher, He has the voice to declare what should and shouldn’t be. His voice is the only one that matters. Now, don’t take me the wrong way. Our voice matters here on earth if it’s making a positive difference. But when it comes to prayer, sometimes in order for us to hear from Him, we have to be quiet long enough to hear Him speak. It won’t always be a direct answer. His answering of prayers can come in many different ways. Now, I don’t say all of this to say that prayer isn’t important. I’m simply talking within the context of this verse. We should absolutely come before God in prayer. The power of prayer is a completely different topic! God doesn’t want us to be hasty in our speech. If we are discerning with our words, and are slow to speak, we will allow there to be room for Him to work. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24