JESUS was big on experience. His life on this planet was a sermon without many words. Usually he used just a few vivid phrases to proclaim a message and to prompt people to think. He was not long-winded.
Yet churches are full of chatter. Carl Jung suggested once that “one of the main functions of formalised religion was to protect people against a direct experience of God.”
French philosopher Jacques Ellul said praying was not about saying words. Prayer is not a discourse, he said. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement.
Paul the Apostle said the Holy Spirit himself “intercedes with sighs too deep for words’’ when we pray deeply.
Perhaps we are needlessly talkative and needlessly try to find words to express the indescribable