Prayer is a vehicle God uses to transport us from weakness to strength, from timidity to boldness, from self-absorption to self-denial. It is through prayer that are eyes are opened to the lost, our ears are attune to opportunities, and our hearts are courageous to step out of our comfort zones and trust God’s promises.
Perhaps we can become more aware of God’s presence and His Spirit in our prayers when we simply stop doing all the talking and simply listen. Through a concentrated effort to stop the current of wandering thoughts, we can meditate on His promises.
If we did that on a regular basis, what would the conversation sound like?
If I pictured Christ sitting across from me in a crowded coffee shop enjoying a caramel latte, I wonder what He would say.
I believe His Words would keep me in tune to the bigger picture. Instead of focusing on the temporal, he would redirect me to the eternal. Instead of difficulties, challenges, and worries that tend to dominate my thoughts and prayers, He would replace them with words of comfort, assurance, and peace.
When I picture Jesus looking back at me amidst the clamor of a morning coffee crowd, I can hear Him say:
“Dave, I know all about your problems and concerns. In fact, I know everything about you. I know when you sit down and when you rise up. I am familiar with all your ways. And that’s okay. I say this not out of judgement, but out of love. I want you to know that all of your sins are forgiven. We have a clean slate between us, because I died for you. That was the ultimate expression of My love for you. And now I dwell within you and beside you. So, maybe we can spend some time together this morning, so I may share My heart, My will, and My plans for you.
Now, remember Dave who you are. I mean, I was there when you were made in My image. You were set apart even before the world was created. All your days were recorded and written in the Book of Life, because that is where your name is etched. And you know what that means, don’t you? You are a child of God — birthed into royalty with an inheritance that is indescribable. That is the future that awaits you.
And do you know what I think of you now? My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. I daily rejoice over you with singing. I truly want to show you great and marvelous things and I never stop wanting to do good to you. Trust me and I will direct your steps. I am at work in you, in others you care about, and others that you don’t even know – all for my good pleasure. I please recognize that I am able to do far more for you than you could ever possibly imagine.
I want you to always remember that I will always provide and meet all of your needs. I want you to realize that every good gift that you receive comes directly from My hand. Trust me on this. Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart which is far more fulfilling than the desires of your body. Seek me with all of your heart instead of the world, and you will always find Me. And during those times when you are brokenhearted; that is when I am closest to you. There will come a day when I will wipe away every tear from your eyes, because I am the One who comforts you in all your troubles. I will take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. But that day has not arrived yet.
The fact that I am sitting across this table from you is proof that I will never forget nor forsake you. For in me is proof that my love for you is genuine and real – that I am for you, and not against you. And there is nothing that will ever separate you from My love. No matter what you have done I will never leave you.
Trust me, Dave. My promises are true. Take Me at My Word. Just remain in Me and I will remain in you.”
There is no greater feeling than being uplifted by the words of Christ. Leaving the coffee shop, I am buoyant with hope, peace, and joy.
In my conversations with God, I am far better off listening rather than dominating the conversation with all of my words. That is the type of meaningful prayer life that I desire to cultivate.
What about you? What has God been talking to you about?