My heart races and my breathing shortens. Nervousness has taken me and butterflies form in the bottom of my belly. What if He doesn't want to hear from me? What if He chooses to ignore me? Will I be rejected? I have to talk to Him. It's imperative that he hears what I have to say. I just need to know that He wants me to come to Him, just as bad as I want to tell Him my inner secrets. I take a deep breath and then...
God wants us to come to Him for everything. He wants to be our best friend, our confidant, and all of that in between. Understand that nothing bothers God. There is nothing that He can't handle. He's the best listener! Don't you know that He desires that you talk with Him? He wants you to tell him your thoughts, desires, hurts, and problems, as well as your thanks and praises. Don't allow only bad mishaps to bring you to your knees. Go to Him when you’re excited, and in a place of joy! Praying not only tells God that you have knowledge of Him, but it also shows the faith that you have in Him. Talking to God tells Him that you have a desire for His presence in your life and that you need Him and are dependent on Him. I'm going to let you in on a secret: It's imperative that you pray. You can't afford not to!
Prayer doesn't always have to be a ritual. Kneeling to our Father shows our reverence for Him, and shows that we honor Him and His presence. But the God we serve isn't just this "grumpy grandfather" God that the world may have portrayed. It's many times as I'm walking to class and I just think about how far He has brought me and I'll look up and shoot him a quick smile and say, "God you did that! " or maybe I'm coming in from a long day and I'll send Him a quick, "Lord, you worked it out for a 'sistah'," as I start to unwind.
In John 15:15-16 Christ says,
"I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name." Christ calls us FRIEND! So Sisters of Pretty Proverbs, do me a favor, the next time something good happens in your life, share your news with Him first!
I’m sure that based off of the promo picture, a few people thought we were talking about talking to an average man. I DO believe that it’s important to know if you should or shouldn’t talk to or date someone. However, that is a whole new blog post. I will say this: God wants to be a part of your everyday life. He’s not just the God of your problems or the God of your spiritual desires. He wants to be the God of your LIFE – that includes dating as well. He cares about everything that concerns you. Once you begin to form a relationship with Him, you’ll learn what He likes and what He doesn’t like; what He approves of and what He doesn’t. Just like you feel comfortable seeking advice from your friends once you’ve formed a bond, find comfort in going to God with your questions. You may not get an audible answer, but He’ll always give you a sign. (P.S. Sometimes the answer is written plainly in His Word.)
How do I talk to Him? I don’t know how to start. Does God even hear me? These were all questions that I have asked at one point in my life. So, let’s start with the first question.
How do I talk to Him?
Just like you talk to your friends. You don’t have to change your speech or use big words. He knows you and your heart. Pour out to Him.
How do I start?
This is how I started. “God, I know it’s been a while, but I’m here. Sometimes I feel like you’re so far away. I just wanted to say that I’m sorry for pushing you aside. Today, I feel weak and I’m asking for you strength. I need your help.”
How hard is that? Start with that, and add a little more every day. Tell Him about your day and how the day’s events made you feel. Thank Him for what He’s done in your life.
Does He even hear me?
Psalm 34:7, The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.
If you never talk to Him, how can He recognize your voice? Start today!