Start A Continuous Conversation (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 259)
Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
As believers, we grow in our relationship with God when we take the time to talk to him and to listen for him to speak to us. A relationship with God is similar to a relationship with any other human being. In order for the relationship to grow, mature, and be mutually beneficial, both parties must communicate with each other on a daily basis. And communication is not just talking, but also listening with the ears and with the heart.
God is the best communicator of all time. He loves us so much that he takes the time to listen to our prayers, hear our complaints and cares, and gives us mercy in return. David says he loves God because God is an awesome listener. David is confident that whenever he talks to God, he will not only hear, but he will listen as well. A relationship that involves simple communication will grow. A relationship that has little to no communication at all will eventually decay.
Remember when you first met someone and you fell in love with that person. What was a key mark of your relationship? Talking — on the phone, on FaceTime, on Skype, over text message, at events. You were always in conversation with that person. You really loved them and wanted to spend time with them. And you spent time together talking and listening; it was a mutual conversation because you were getting to know each other. We communicate in order to know about each other.
A relationship that does not involve mutual, honest communication is not a real relationship. One cannot be said to be in a relationship when one or both parties avoid communication. If you don’t communicate, you don’t really love the person; you’re only enduring them. It works the same way with God. When you talk to him and listen to him, and he talks to you and listens to you, you are in a mutually beneficial and wholehearted relationship.
Communicating with God is not a duty; it is a divine privilege. If you feel stuck or feel like your life and everything around you is joyless and tumultuous, there is a simple solution. Start talking to God. You don’t have to have a set time, although it is nice to have one. But start a conversation with God that is continuous. Talk with your mouth, with your mind, with your heart, and with your soul, and listen for his reply with the same. God’s greatest desire is for all people to know him. His second greatest desire is for all people to be in a relationship with him so we can grow.
“The single most important piece of advice about prayer is one word: Begin!”
— Peter Kreeft