I’ve been coasting along for the last few weeks, saying my sorry, thank you and pleases to God everyday and doing most of the talking. I haven’t been still long enough to listen clearly. Sometimes it takes another person’s perspective for me to hear God. Like today having lunch with a friend and then smack it hit me! God loves to hear from us but sometimes he needs to hear from us in unison! Yes, that’s right pray with another person. For me this was a learned skill I began to do about 10 years ago. Trust me when I say it was SO foreign. I thought it was so strange to be praying out loud and for other people to be listening but it truly is so impactful to pray out loud with a friend or group! Try it! Praying out loud is the perfect time to pray for something weighing heavy on your heart. Here are some tips:
1. Breathe—This will help to slow down your heart rate if you are feeling nervous and speak more slowly.
2. Praise—Focusing on God helps to remind me that I am praying to him. He has heard it all so just be yourself.
3. Embrace being different—Don’t worry if you aren’t as eloquent as the next person! Praying out loud will be easier once you accept your praying style and stop comparing.
4. Write—If you are really nervous just write down what you want to say.
Otherwise when you are praising God in the Spirit, how can someone else, who is now put in the position of an inquirer, say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since they do not know what you are saying?–1 Corinthians 14:16
Add the lemon, olive oil, and tahini according to your taste.
1 Can garbonzo beans
2 T tahini paste
2-4 T fresh lemon juice
1/2 C olive oil
Salt to taste
Paprika, ground cayenne, and extra olive oil for garnish
Whiz all the ingredients, through the salt, in a food processor or Vitamix and spread thin on a plate. Sprinkle paprika, cayenne sprinkle, and olive oil on top. Serve with warm pita, olives and crudites.