April 23: True Prayer Is Two Sided

This morning, my thoughts turned to why God sent us and gave us His very Spirit, the Holy Spirit. He wants to communicate with His Creation and to keep us as His children until eternity, forever to be with Him.

Through the Holy Spirit, He reveals to us who He is, who we are, and through the working of the Holy Spirit in us. He leads us into all truth, speaking to us through the Holy Spirit.

Let me say that God can and will talk to us in many different ways: He will talk to us through…His Word – the Bible,
…through circumstances,
…through His “small still voice”,
…through our consciences,
…through visions, dreams, nature,
…through other people,
…through Christian literature,
…through praise and worship,
…and through one of the most important ways, the Holy Spirit leading us into all truth.

Prayer is meant to be a two-sided conversation, NOT JUST – ONE SIDED, in which we talk to God and hear nothing. Our prayers are not meant to be just eloquent theological speeches, short sermons, or a form of a shopping list.

Prayer includes praise, worship, and thanksgiving. True prayer comes from an intimate relationship with the father. He will draw us to Himself as we get to know His ways and listen to His voice. It is through both prayer and His Word that we can get to know God in an intimate way; as we listen and obey His Word, His voice. Many people may know about God but I would say few truly actively know Him.

It takes active listening as we can clearly see in these examples with Isaiah and Luke: Isaiah 30:21, Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it, whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left (NKJV). Luke 10:40 – 42, But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me. And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her (NKJV).

Listening and obeying God will bring the best out of us and the best for us from God. God commands us in Isaiah to take the time to listen: Isaiah 55:3, Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—The sure mercies of David (NKJV).

Psalms 46:10 – 11, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Give real Praise to God, for He is great and greatly to be praised (NKJV).

As stated above, there is a time to be still…yes… to be still (listen and be assured) that He is God”. Praising God will help us understand God’s greatness and walk in love with our Father and all people…motivating us to listen to His voice and to be a fervent prayer.

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