In recent weeks, I have shared a couple of things that have helped me go from constantly failing and never finding victory over temptation, to having hope and a future. This week, I would like to tell you about what I feel is the most important part of my finding hope and victory, communication.
When I say communication, what comes to your mind? Could it be talking with someone, trading emails, texting, tweets, posting on Facebook? All of these allow us to communicate with others, but I have one specific area I would like to focus; communicating with our Savior, Jesus Christ.
When I was wrapped up in seeking to keep myself content, I would try to find time to spend reading the Bible or pray. As hard as I tried, I never could find consistency. Praying and reading the Bible felt like an act, checking off a requirement. My prayers felt like they would hit a glass ceiling. Reading the Bible was a great way for me to relax and get some sleep.
It was a sad way for me to communicate with my Lord.
But once I had taken my secret that was shared between only God and I and confessed to those close to me, God placed a desire on my heart to try and meet with Him again.
My prayers started out as a humble thank you for giving me a second chance. Nothing earth shattering was said in my prayers, but I just finally laid out my heart to God. Unlike my previous prayers, these didn’t seem forced or a required act for the day. I now wanted to find time to speak with my Lord. Did I knowingly receive answers to my prayers? No But I could now see that He was there with me and was listening.
Praying was opening the door for me to share with Jesus, but I wanted to know more about God and why He gave me a second chance. So I decided to see what I could learn from reading His Word. I started out by driving to a park during my lunch hour and reading one or two chapters each day. Nothing profound in what I was doing, other than I took the time to get away from my stress of the day and see what God had written for me to see.
The times I read the Bible in the past was a time of bored from dry reading. Now I was hungering to read. Passages that were boring and made no sense before, now jumped off the page. The best way to describe the difference was the words went from being dull and gray to vibrant and full of color. Stories I had learned as a child started to make sense.
Now that I had stepped out of the way from blocking my ability to hear God communicating, the Holy Spirit has filled my heart to know God more.
For me; comfort, peace and joy are found in my time reading scripture and praying. If you area wanting to pray, but feel you do know how to pray, let me suggest an acronym to help you get started: A.C.T.S
Adoration – acknowledge God for who he is. I like to speak some of the names of God to help me see how great He is.
Confession – Tell God where you have sinned. Acknowledge the specifics, not just general “sins”
Thanksgiving – Praise God. Tell him “thank you” for different things He has done, given you, etc.
Supplication – Ask God for things you need. It could be health, guidance, patience, strength, etc.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
God wants to spend time with you. He is ready, are you?
If you have questions or would like to know more, please feel free to send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org