4 Tips on How You Can Develop a Conversational Prayer Life
God could mentor you about the concerns of your life?
The Holy Spirit could teach you the Scriptures and make them come alive?
What if you could have a strong conversational prayer life with God as you read in the Bible?
Because God still speaks!
Once I developed a conversational prayer life, I found there're four parts. The four different aspects are:
Focusing Listening Discerning and Responding
I still remember the day I said, people in the Bible heard God speak. I read story after story about Jesus speaking to people, the Holy Spirit leading people. But God, I want to hear you speak to me not read about how you spoke to people years ago.
Conversational prayer includes four parts and the first aspect is what I call focus. Praying this way is a lot like any conversation. You've got to quiet your thoughts and focus on what the other person is saying, don't you?
"Conversational prayer is an excellent approach to Christian transformation. Engaging with God as the process for lasting change--not just performing Christian disciplines," says Jeff.
Focusing and quieting was new for me. Once I got the hang of it I wouldn't go back to my old way (rushing through my prayer time)."
Quieting and focusing is critical to conversational prayer
Come to God. Trust Him and expect to hear Him speak. Focus on Him and cut down the inner noise.
Quiet your mind and let go of stress. Open up to Him like a flower opens up to the sun. Ask God to unveil Himself to you. (Not a dramatic event but increasing awareness of His presence. Look for Him with your heart (inquiring, seeking, longing.) Don't be passive, you're engaging the God of the universe.
What helps me quiet may help you as well. These methods include:
----> Remove distractions (turn your cell phone off, go to a quiet room and shut the door).
----> Have paper for notes.
----> Relax (take a couple of deep breaths, or stretch to reduce stress).
----> Listen to music (instrumental music works best).
----> Pacing helps some instead of sitting.
God's intention is to speak to His children
It all started in the Garden of Eden with Adman and Eve.
(Ps. 29:3-4) "The voice of the Lord echoes through the skies and seas ... So powerful is his voice, so brilliant and bright, how majestic as he thunders over the great waters!"
(Is. 55) "Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good ... Incline your ear ... listen, so that you may live ... so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose ..."
(Mat. 4:4) He answered, “The Scriptures say: Bread alone will not satisfy, but true life is found in every word which constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.”
(John 5:25) "I speak to you eternal truth: Soon the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen will arise with life!"
(6:45) Jesus continued, "It has been written by the prophets, 'They will all be taught by God himself.' If you are really listening to the Father and learning directly from him, you will come to me.