Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will share a meal together as friends. (Revelation 3:20, NLT)
If prayer is having a conversation with someone I can’t see and can’t hear why does it seem like I am the only one who is talking?
So how does He speak?
He speaks and interacts with us in the same way we have conversations with people we can’t see and can’t hear.
If you are reading this post, I am talking.
If you clap or highlight or respond with a comment then you are talking.
We are having a conversation where we both get to say something and we both get to respond.
We are involved in ‘Virtual Conversations’ most of our day.
Virtual can be real
Landline phones are almost extinct. We do much of our banking and other business and shopping online.
We connect via our cell phones and other devices. We connect by email, texts, PDFs and sometimes FaceTime.
There are ups and downs with these systems.
I find having conversations by ‘text messages’ can be particularly irritating.
I may misunderstand what is being said.
I can react in an inappropriate way.
I can cause damage to the relationship.
I need to learn how to listen carefully to others.
How do I do that?
How do I engage with people and with God when I live in a ‘Virtual World’?
It begins by engaging with the ‘text message’.
When I receive a confusing text or email maybe I don’t understand what is being said.
I need to slow down. I need to take a deep breath.
I look for the truth I know about the person or my past experiences with the business that has now disappointed me.
I ask myself:
- What are they really saying?
- What should be my response?
The same can happen in my relationship with God.
When I read a verse or a passage of Scripture
I may feel confused or discouraged or fearful.
I may not understand what is being said.
I may feel that the verse applies to everyone else but not to me.
I need to engage with God – Virtually.
John Wimber used to say:
The Bible is the menu not the meal.
Larry Crabb wrote a book :
66 Love Letters: A Conversation With God That Invites You Into His Story
Jesus invites us to:
Open the door and share a meal with Him
Read the verse in several translations.
Write the verse in one or two versions that speak to you.
Rewrite the verse as if God is speaking to you.
Respond. Record your thoughts and questions about what you think He is saying.
Repeat until the virtual but real ‘text’ conversation is finished.
Behold, I’m standing at the door knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within, I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me. (Revelations 3:20, TPT)
Have a virtual but real conversation with Jesus today.