Today’s discussion is on More Than Talk
Prayer is not merely what we say to God, it is responding thoughtfully to what He has already said and what He is constantly saying to us through His Word. For this reason the Bible is an important part of our ongoing conversation with the Lord.
One way to develop conversation with God is to open the Scriptures and read thoughtfully to discover what the text is telling you about the mind, affections, and values of God. Ask Him to help you discover the interests and desires of His heart. Then respond from your own heart to what you are hearing. As you do, you will begin to develop confidence that you know what is important to God. You will also begin to discover what God is doing in your own heart.
Be silent and listen to God. Let your heart be in such a state of preparation that His Spirit may impress upon you such virtues as will please Him. This silence of all outward and earthly affection and of human thoughts within us is essential if we are to hear his voice. It wont be an audible voice, but you will know it’s the voice of the Spirit when you hear the truths of the Scripture speaking gently, loving, and forcefully to the circumstances and concerns of your life.
If we were reading 1 Corinthians 15, for example, we will exalt the Lord for the great victory of the resurrection and the hope that goes with it. But our response will go beyond that, it will give us greater confidence as we face a defeated spiritual enemy. It will give us power as we face the everyday trials of life. God steps into into our lives with His awesome power and changes us in dramatic and unpredictable ways as we respond to Him.
When we bow before God with our needs and our requests, we think we’re the initiators, but it may be that all prayer is a response to Him. Remember Jesus’ words “Behold, I stand at the door and knock” (Revelation 3:30) and consider this to be the key that opens the door to prayer. How does Christ knock? Through the conditions and circumstances of our experience that drive us to Him in prayer.
by David Egner