Ever think of talking to God, the Father as one would talk with a friend? For many Christians, the idea of talking with Jesus as one person talks to his or her friends can be a challenging one. Yet, it is the kind of relationship that we are called into. As it is often true in the natural, it takes time to cultivate such a relationship. Would you like some help in learning how to pray and talk with Jesus? It’s easier than you may think!
The above photo is from Kampus Production and it features two friends talking with each other. I don’t know the backstory and I hesitate to read into it. However, the models are doing a great job of showing what prayer is really supposed to be. It’s all about having a conversation with an intimate friend.
Sounds good. How does it relate to prayer and having an intimate relationship with Jesus? It is easier than you may think. I was raised as a nominal Catholic and gained a basic knowledge of who God is. It was my maternal grandmother who gave me, a King James Bible. So, I did what came naturally to me. I began reading the pages of Scripture, starting in Genesis.
At that time, the idea of logging on to the Internet was a foreign concept and an impossible one. What computer? It’s not like Bell Labs was going to let me use their mainframe. Hey, we are talking about the 70s. It would be years before I could imagine such a thing. Instead, I did what the nuns taught me and I simply talked to God about what I read.
Somehow, I don’t think the nuns had in mind what I was doing. It definitely not “Hail Mary”. Rather, I simply started talking to God and asked questions and made some comments on what I read. Here is what I didn’t know. I was praying and God heard me. Even more, God wanted to talk to me and not merely hear my voice.
I would like to invite you to watch the above video chat I had with my friend, Taffy. It’s on the topic of prayer. She has a great teaching that you will love. Here’s the key. Prayer is more than just talking to God, the Father. It’s about building an intimate relationship with God through Jesus. Yes, God can do whatever he wants. Yet, God has chosen to do things with you and me.
Abraham was not perfect and God called him, a friend. It is because Abraham believed God and over time learned to trust the LORD. It didn’t happen overnight. Because of what Jesus has done, we can come running to God and talk with a loving Father.
But I don’t know the Scriptures and can’t pray more than 2 minutes. Welcome to the club! That sentence is the very thing I said, years ago. Prayer is similar to weight lifting. You begin with the lighter weights and build yourself up. In time, you will be amazed at what you do.
Of course, it is not overnight. I suspect that if you go to the gym then you’ll learn a lot from more experienced weightlifters. The same thing applies to prayer.
On my own, I could only go so far. When I joined prayer group, my understanding grew immensely. It is through these groups that I learned how to pray effectively for others. It is here that I learned about praying the Scriptures.
I know that it is easy for me, to talk. I do understand that it is challenging. It is why I would encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit about this. God’s Spirit is able to help you and you need not be afraid to ask. Talk to Jesus about your doubts and weaknesses. God is not afraid of them. God is quite capable of helping you.
Just be honest about your struggles and be open to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. It is okay to ask God to confirm what He is saying in the Word of God. Take the time to learn about God’s character through the Son, Jesus.