Friday, January 27, 2012

Being Conversational

The last several posts, we’ve discussed the Word, its trustworthiness and its spiritually nourishing qualities.  Ezekiel 3:1-3 used a similar analogy when it talked about eating the roll (of parchment).  Consider, once again, the quote that began our last post.  "Paul was devoted to a Person, not a cause." -- Oswald Chambers.  When we have a relationship with someone, no matter how minimal, there’s some form of conversation.  The Bible is part of God’s side of the conversation.  But there’s more.

In order for there to be a conversation, everyone involved has to participate.  When it’s just you and God, He’s already participated through the Word.  That leaves prayer for you to talk back to God.  There are other important things about prayer, but let’s park right here and think about this.  We know that God is omni-everything.  Heck, when Jesus said in John 6:51-57 to eat His flesh and drink His blood, some of the disciples were thinking omniverous, cannibalistic.  Which we know was not true.  But His omniscience is true.  God knows what we’re going to say before we say it.  That gets some to think, “Why bother praying, then?”  And that’s a good question.

We’ve all gone out at some time with a group of friends.  Just to hang out, fool around, joke around.  Often the conversation will go in a direction where one of the group has to say something specific, probably in an expected way.  Because it’s repetition of something that got a laugh before.  And the person repeating the line would be considered not participating if he doesn’t reprise the joke.  And nobody minds that the routine has been heard before because it’s part of a shared intimacy.  Indeed, they enjoy reliving the thought pattern.  Well, so does God.  He doesn’t care that He already knows what we’re going to pray.  It’s the intimacy of a two way conversation that becomes important.  We’re now participating along with God.  It’s a conversation instead of a lecture.

Matthew 18:19-20 says, “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.“  Spiritual intimacy with God.  It doesn’t matter that the Trinity already knows what will be said, Jesus is directing us to be fellow participants in a heavenly conversation.  He loves us so much that He wants to hear our thoughts in our own words.  That’s special and it’s very powerful.

The last part of connecting with God involves who we surround ourselves with.  Look at Matthew 18 again.  “If two of you shall agree….”  In anything spiritual, more than one gathered in unity has an effect magnified much greater than the number gathered.  We support each other, edify each other, encourage each other, solidify each other’s faith when we converse in spiritual unity.  Whether it’s in prayer together or talking about things of God.  We’ll get into that more as we continue in the series and cover connecting with ourselves and connecting with others.  Because the three connections aren’t just important in themselves, but we’ll see that’s true also in developing the other connections.

Next time, we’ll start on the importance and the ways of connecting with ourselves.  In the meantime, how’s your spiritual conversation?

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