One can speak without anyone listening. One cannot listen without an other. Listening builds relationships. It is one of the greatest gifts we can give another, to help relationship grow. God is our first relationship. Do we listen to God. Listening to God is a Discipline, and Art, and a Gift of God, that He wants us to have, so that then we can speak clearly words of wisdom and love; words that build up others and make the world a better place. One of the powerful ways that God gives us to speak, is in praying for others. But I wonder, does prayer change God's mind? Or can it change our mind and hearts and make God's will become a reality? It is a mystery, but we are co-creators with God, not only through our work, but our words, and especially our prayers.