While I was writing the blog post about whining children, I began to get an uncomfortable feeling--did I whine--and to whom?
Dictionary.com's definition is:
to utter a low, usually nasal, complaining cry or sound, as from uneasiness, discontent, peevishness, etc.:The puppies were whining from hunger.to snivel or complain in a peevish, self-pitying way:He is always whining about his problems.verb (used with object),whined,whin·ing.to utter with or as if with a whine:I whined my litany of complaints.
Suddenly I had memories of myself talking to my son about my laptop which wasn't working, and whining about not knowing how to fix it. But worse, I remembered many of my prayers where I presented Heavenly Father a list of my problems and family members who needed help and asked Him to fix everything. Did I pray "in a peevish, self-pitying way" and "utter my prayers with or as if with a whine"?
I began to seriously think about how I prayed and pondered if I was whining when I prayed.
We are told to " Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
26 But this is not all; ye must apour out your souls in your bclosets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your ahearts be bfull, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your cwelfare, and also for the welfare of dthosewho are around you.Alma 34: 24"
So if we are told to cry continually for our welfare, doesn't that sound like whining? I decided it depends totally on our ATTITUDE and FEELINGS when we pray.
Do we pray with humbleness in our hearts? Do we acknowledge our love to our Father in Heaven and pray with this feeling of love and reverence? Do we ask the Lord for His mercy and grace in our lives, knowing He loves us, too? Do we have faith in accepting His timing as we pray over our problems and ask for help? Do we acknowledge our willingness to grow in our struggles and see the strength we are receiving? Do we stop to see and thank Him for the tender blessings and mercies bestowed on us each day? Do we rejoice and praise the Lord for His goodness and love?
If I can answer YES to each of those questions, then I realized I am not whining. Whew! I am actually talking to my Father in Heaven and discussing my needs and desires. I am explaining my situation and trying to get help and understanding in solving my problems. It's actually exhilarating, enabling and humbling to really talk with Heavenly Father on a one on one basis and listen for his direction and have His ideas come to my mind during my prayers.
Prayer really can be a conversation, a discussion with my Father. And when I am filled with love for and accept His love for me, then that conversation is never whining.