The power of spoken words. Jesus declared in John 11 that he was speaking out loud for the sake of those around him, so they would believe. Jesus spoke, and Lazarus rose from the dead.
There's something about speaking things that brings them into reality. The first time a person says, "I have cancer," or "I'm going to be a mother," for the first time is a major moment. Those moments make it become even more true. They know those things are true, but something happens when they speak it.
They same thing happens with our prayers. We can pray silently in our hearts, and God will hear it, but when we pray out loud, in a whisper or in a loud voice, we start to believe what we are praying. When we pray with others, we affirm the prayers together.
Praying scripture is a wonderful way to keep ourselves aligned with God's will for our lives. You can lament scripture too, if that's where you are in your spiritual journey and life. The wonderful thing about scripture is there's a scripture passage for everything.
You'll find when you start to put words to what you feel, taking it to God, and embracing how God wants to use all of it, you will transition faster to alignment with God's will because you aren't keeping things bottled inside of you. You are letting your feeling you as you pray aloud. You're quite literally laying it down, all you have, at the feet of Jesus.
Take a moment to hear Lloyd Moon's testimony that he shared this morning in worship.