Prayer

“Tell God all that is in your heart, as
one unloads one’s heart, its plea-
sures and its pains, to a dear friend.
Tell Him your troubles, that He may
comfort you; tell Him your joys, that
He may sober them; tell Him your
longings, that He may purify them;
tell Him your dislikes, that He may
help you to conquer them; talk to
Him of your temptations, that He may
shield you from them; show Him the
wounds of your heart, that He may
heal them; lay bare your indifference
to good, your depraved tastes for evil,
your instability. Tell Him how self-
love makes you unjust to others, how
vanity tempts you to be insincere, how
pride disguises you to yourself and
others.
If you thus pour out all your weak-
ness, needs, troubles, there will be
no lack of what to say. You will never
exhaust the subject. It is continually
being renewed. People who have no
secrets from each other never want for
subject of conversation. They do not
weigh their words, for there is nothing
to be held back; neither do they seek
for something to say. They talk out of
the abundance of the heart, without
consideration they say just what they
think. Blessed are they who attain to
such familiar, unreserved intercourse
with God.”

– Francois Fenelon, quoted in “The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart” by Charles R. Swindoll, p. 309.

Quoted in “Learning to Pray” by K.P. Yohannan, p 22-23

Which, incidentally, may be downloaded for free here.

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