Knowing the different levels of the Word of God is important but the seventh is critical for entering into true Conversational Prayer.
In this post I will list the 7 different levels of knowing God’s word. Also, you will find out why knowing the seventh level is an important key to knowing the one true God.
1. The first level of benefit comes from reading Scriptures.
2. The second level of benefit comes from meditating on the Word.
3. The third level of benefit comes when you study the deeper meaning of the Scriptures.
4. The fourth level of benefit comes when we study the Hebrew and Greek words.
5. The fifth level of benefit comes by the change that happens in you when a word or phrase is revealed to you.
6. The sixth level of benefit comes as God’s Holy Spirit writes the Scripture on your heart.
7. And the seventh level comes when God speaks to you directly by the indwelling Holy Spirit who dwells within you and upon you, and flows out from you to others.
Conversational Prayer deals with the seventh level of understanding God’s Word.
The result of the seventh level is a change in your circumstances. From Genesis to Revelation you read stories about people who heard God speak to them and their circumstances changed.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. As you study Noah, Abraham, and Moses’ parents you see what their circumstances were like before God spoke to them.
After God spoke to them and they acted on what He spoke, their outward circumstances changed. Not only did the circumstances change but they were changed because they acted on the information God gave them.
True Conversational Prayer changes you. As you get to know God better you trust Him more.
“I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through your deepening intimacy with him.” (Ephesians 1:17)
Paul’s prayer above speaks of the seventh level of knowing the Word. Knowing Him comes by the impartation of the Holy Spirit. But who is it the Holy Spirit’s revealing?
Think about it – when you talk about God to others, how do they know what God you are talking about? Our English words God and Lord do not define who the one true God of Israel is.
An example is Buddhists refer to Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu. The Hindus worship some thirty-three million gods and goddesses.
No wonder we need the Holy Spirit to reveal “the riches of the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation to know him through deepening intimacy with him.”
We need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the one true God of Israel. When we know Him for who He is we desire to hear His voice.
“For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11)
The Lord’s name is great. My research reveals the name of the one true God is mentioned more than sixty-five hundred times in the Scriptures. Wow, how important is that? True conversational Prayer knows the one the Holy Spirit reveals.
How can we enter into Conversational Prayer if we don’t know who we are praying to? Many believers today pray because someone told them that’s what you do after you become a Christian.
Where is God? It’s like a thick fog – you know somethings there but you can’t see clearly. But once the Holy Spirit imparts the Spirit of wisdom and the Spirit of revelation the fog lifts and you can see clearly who He’s talking about.
If we can understand who we are praying to and how glorious He is we won’t be afraid, or struggle with Conversational Prayer. We will trust Him more, knowing that we have a great God.
“This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” (Jeremiah 33:2-3 Message Bible)
How can you call out to someone without knowing his or her name? Because when I don’t know another person’s name, my relationship remains at a distance, doesn’t it?
Our relationship with God is the same way. Therefore if we say we have a close relationship with the one true God, yet we don’t truly know His name, how intimate are we?
Can you honestly say that you have a moment-by-moment sense of connectedness with the one true God who the Holy Spirit reveals?
I’m asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you spiritual wisdom; and revelation so that you will know him better.