”Should I practice verbal prayer or silent prayer?”
I say you do not need to pick one over the other.
Verbal prayer allows you to externalize your internal voice.
Sometimes we just need to get things out of our head so we can move forward.
This means we might rant, rave and complain.
It also means we might pray for others and ourselves.
Lastly we can praise and thank God.
Now let’s transition to silent prayer.
Silent prayer is wordless prayer.
We sit in silence with God.
We rest in God.
Little children often just need a hug while they remain quiet.
Silent prayer is just like this.
We just need God to hug us while we silently sit.
So I say don’t pick one type of prayer over another.
Balance your verbal prayer with silent prayer.
Let them both complement each other.
And see what happens……
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