Today is the first Monday in Lent. I love the conversations that these posts generate in the people I know. The goal of this journey is to have a deeper relationship with our Heavenly Father. So what are some things we can do to draw closer to God?
In any relationship, communication is key; experts can identify the topics that couples fight about that lead to divorce, but the source of the problem is communication. Many people believe that communication means one person speaks while the other listens. But the experts believe that effective communication is the key to solve many relational problems.
So what is effective communication? Well, helpguide.org says, “Effective communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. As well as being able to clearly convey a message, you need to also listen in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being said and makes the other person feel heard and understood.” https://www.helpguide.org/articles/relationships-communication/effective-communication.htm
Knowing this, how can we effectively communicate with God? Simply put, prayer is communicating with God. However, prayer is not treating God like a slot machine where you pray a twenty five cent prayer and you are waiting to hit a ten thousand dollar jackpot answer to your prayer. In Luke 18:1 KJV Jesus said “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
This tells us that prayer is important and it is not a once in a while thing; we need to make time to pray. If you are not praying, you have a problem. Jesus said that could lead to fainting. When you faint, you are unable to face the enemy when he comes in like a flood in your life. In that moment, you need to take the Apostle Paul’s advice and stand. He said, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13. So you need to arm yourself before you can stand.
Then Paul went on to list all the components of the armor; then he spoke about prayer. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” verse 18. As we continue in this season, let us make time to pray as we work on drawing closer to God.
Thought for Today: Friend, take time to pray.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.