We’ve talked about God breathing eternity into Scripture and into you, helping us understand how critical it is that we spend personal time in Scripture, understanding that there is no substitute. And we’ve considered putting roots down that move us from a spiritual weakling to someone growing in the power and strength of God.
Today, let’s consider dialogue with God, specifically. Moses is a great illustration for us when it comes to talking to God. In Exodus 3 and 4 we have what is almost a comical conversation between the two. First of all, God communicates who he is to Moses. And then Moses communicates who he, Moses, is not, to God! Moses “had it all together” at one point, as the prestigious son of the Pharoah, and righter of wrongs. Now he gives God all the reasons why he is inadequate for what God has asked him to do. Interestingly enough, God was able to handle Moses fears, misunderstanding, and limited view of himself. Perhaps that would be a refreshing conversation for us to have with God today. What if rather than asking for all the usual things, we simply came to God with an honest evaluation of our call, our gifts, and our lives. Unlike some other folks, God intends on working in our lives, regardless of our limitations. He is already well aware of them. And for those who don’t have limitations, he is well aware of our pride and arrogance as well!
So today, I’m just saying, offer up your most honest thoughts to God, and don’t worry about presenting your best side. God has never heard a prayer he can’t quite handle. And then, make talking to God a habit. In your daily time that you have set aside to read these journey bites, make prayer the center. I write down my questions to God while praying and will pause with my pen in hand to write down God’s response, should he make something clear to me at that time. Talk to God before talking to anyone else every morning, and see what a difference it makes. Then continue the conversation throughout the day. Jesus did.
Moment in the Mirror
How honest and heartfelt are my prayers?
Do I expect God to hear and actually answer my prayers? (Sometimes the answer is “no” – can I handle that?)