7 Different Benefits You Reap of Understanding God’s Word

How can you enter into Conversational Prayer if you don’t know who we are praying to?

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Trying to Fix Yourself (because it’s the Best Advice You’ve Never Heard)

Are you worn out from willpower?

You’re not alone.

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Stop Trying to Fix Yourself

How’s your willpower holding out?

You’re not alone. Everyone comes to the stark reality sooner or later that willpower can’t fix you. My wake up call was 1990 when life came to a screeching halt and my eyes were opened to the lie I believed. I’m the master of my fate – all I have to do is grunt and try harder. That’s a BIG LIE.

My prayer life was almost nonexistent. I mean I prayed maybe 5 minutes in the morning. I was too busy working for God and trying to fix myself that prayer dropped by the wayside. Anyway, my prayer up till that time was more “doing it out of duty”  than delighting in the Lord’s presence. Prayer for me was boring, dry, and stale.

Many Christians begin with a commitment to pray, like making a New Years resolution, but in a couple of weeks, it’s gone by the wayside. They fall back into willpower. 

Henneke points out, “Research has never proved that willpower can be practiced and strengthened. Even worse, research suggests that telling ourselves we lack willpower (and that we need to strengthen it) is enough to prevent us from implementing our plans.”

Even research is ahead of the Christian community, they still try to fix themselves to no avail. I was a Christian who lived without prayer most of the time and didn’t understand the power of God. Looking back now, it was if I was saying, I don’t need you, God, I’m doing just fine by myself thank you.

I never said those words out loud, sad to say it, I took God for granted. Putting trust in willpower is a sure recipe for disaster just ask Paul the Apostle.

The Apostle Paul said, “We are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: 

4 though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinks to have confidence in the flesh, I yet more. . .” (Philippians 3:3-4 TPT)

At one time Paul boasted in his self-will (flesh) until He met the living Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus. No wonder he had a PhD in “walking in the Spirit.”  His wasn’t book learning but a PhD in life experience and knowing self-will will always fail you. Paul experienced both and gave up “Walking in the flesh” for “Walking in the Spirit.”

I’m still growing in the area of Conversational Prayer. My relationship with God is deeper and richer now because I’ve found out God constantly communicates with us through the Scriptures, our hearts, our circumstances, our spirit and through prayer.

I’ve come to know as I delight myself in the Lord He gives me the desires of my heart. 

I’d love to hear your testimony how the arm of flesh failed you but you are now “walking in the Spirit” because Conversational Prayer played a big part.
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Conversational Prayer (because You’re not Separated From God)

Under the New Covenant not only are you standing before God you are in Christ and He is in you.

When this revelation becomes real in you, you no longer see God at a distance because now you know He dwells within you.

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Do you ever feel like God’s a million miles away? 

Many Christians know about God and their head is filled with information about Him but they’ve never known how close He is. In their mind, He’s distant and unapproachable. Many Christians have a misleading perception of separation from God.

Elijah spoke to King Ahab and said,  “As surely as God lives, the God of Israel before whom I stand in obedient service, the next years are going to see a total drought—not a drop of dew or rain unless I say otherwise.” (I Kings 17:1)

In reality what Elijah meant was, I may be standing before you King Ahab but I’m also standing in the presence of Almighty God.

But under the New Covenant not only are you standing before God you are in Christ and He is in you. When this revelation becomes real in us, we no longer see God at a distance because now we know He dwells within us.

Colossians 2:10 makes it clear, “And our own completeness is now found in him. We are completely filled with God as Christ’s fullness overflows within us. He is the Head of every kingdom and authority in the universe!” (Colossians 2:10 TPT)

I pray the Holy Spirit makes Colossians 2:10 real in you. May you sense the reality of who God is in you and know He’s closer than your breath. Now renounce the lie that God is distant and unapproachable.

Wrong teaching and the devil have misled us from the reality of God, through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. You’re standing in His presence 24/7 so ask the Lord to make you aware of God’s thoughts.  Repent (change your mind) about your human opinions, your speculations, and distractions and begin today to expect to hear Him more.

 

Is Your Conversational Prayer Missing A Vital Link?

When God speaks things happen. You see this from Genesis to Revelation.

Do you neglect Conversational Prayer?

I neglected it like the plague for years. I prayed with different types of prayer and I did all the talking. It wasn’t a dialogue but a monologue. It was about me, myself and I.

Don’t beat yourself up. You’re not alone.

Ranking high among the most neglected aspects of the Christian life is one  Conversational Prayer.

Not that Christians don’t pray, they engage in all types of prayer. What’s missing is Conversational Prayer.

 “The Lord says, “All you who are thirsty, come and drink. Those of you who do not have money, come, buy and eatCome buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Why spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.

Come to me and listen; listen so you may live” (Isaiah 55:1-3).

I can’t get away from Isaiah 55:1-3. We own a Yorkie called Rocky, and these verses in Isaiah paints a picture of what he does when he gets his meaty bone. Yum! 

He prizes his bone and anyone who owns a dog knows the routine.

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I say to Rocky, “Want a treat?” His ears perk up and he prances even before he sees his treat. He now has his prize, wagging his tail, and proud of his find, even though it came from my hand.

After telling Rocky what a good dog he is he drags his bone to a more quiet place in the TV room. He settles down, gnaws on his bone and it’s obvious he’s enjoying himself. He isn’t in a hurry and after an hour or so he buries his bone in his doggy box so he can find it the next day.

I love to see Rocky chew his bone. I call it doggy meditation. Just kidding – but it’s a lot like Conversational Prayer.

Let me explain.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good!” (Psalm 34:8).

The missing link to Conversational Prayer is neglecting to come to the one who gives you food for your soul. Rocky comes to me to get his meaty bone because he knows who gives him tasty treats. He doesn’t go to the next-door-neighbor but to me. Again, and again without fail.

God says, “Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies. Come to me and listen; listen so you may live.” 

I hear God saying, “The spiritual food I give feeds and nourishes your inner man that all your material things can’t.”

“Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies. Come to me and listen; listen so you may live.” 

God is speaking about His Word. The word “listen,” is directly connected to the phrase “eat what is good.”

Conversational Prayer is a Feast for Your Soul

No one taught me how to eat the rich food God gives. I came to Him but totally missed the listening part.

Eating the word is not a new concept. “I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll; and he said to me, “Take it, and eat;” (Revelation 10:).

Jeremiah and Ezekiel old testament prophets had also eaten books. Yum. A good diet for anyone who cares about Conversational Prayer.

I am using the metaphor,

“Eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.

 Come to me and listen; listen so you may live.”

In addition, I want to focus on and clarify what it means to “Eat what is good.” When you learn to “eat what is good” it becomes a feast for your soul.

When God speaks things happen. You see this from Genesis to Revelation.

“You can’t hear God speak to someone else, you can hear him only if you are being addressed.” Ludwig Wittgenstein

Like Rocky putting all of himself into gnawing on his bone, we put all of ourselves into eating what God gives us to eat. As Rocky chews and eats away at his bone, he absorbs it. There’s not a trace of any meat left on the bone. It’s now become part of him. His coat shines, his teeth are white, and he’s satisfied.

How to start absorbing the food God gives you to eat. 

Exercise: 

Read Isaiah 55:1-3. Which thoughts below describes your most common response to what you just read. Circle two or three, if you wish.

  • What in the world do you mean Holy Spirit by “eat what is good”?
  • I need your help to understand these Scriptures?
  • I remember a teaching about this passage – how is it connected?
  • I can’t do what this passage teaches.
  • That was new!
  • I’m done, it takes to long.
  • I’m sleepy – I’ll read it tomorrow.
  • Other 

Read Isaiah 55:1-3 again.

  1. In Conversational Prayer why are the activities described in these verses a right response if you feel poor and penniless spiritually?
  2. Describe the reaction you have when you read.Those of you who do not have money, come, buy and eatCome buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
  3. “Why spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me, and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.” What does that mean Holy Spirit?
  4. What do these verses tell you about Conversational Prayer?
  5. Which of the following responses to Isaiah 55:1-3 would you like to try more often? Why?
  6. Why are you more likely to change when you engage with God through Conversational Prayer?

Going Deeper with Conversational Prayer

Experiment with one or more of the following.

  • Choose a response from this passage (such as how thirsty you are). 
  • Read Isaiah 55:1-3 aloud slowly. Which word or phrase is most meaningful to you? Why? What does that phrase say about how you want to connect with God? If you were to pray phrases from Isaiah 55:1-3 back to God, what would you say to Him?

Here are some starters:

Abba, my Father, open my eyes to the rich things you’re blessing me with that I don’t see or understand about Conversational Prayer.

Thank you, O God, that you know what I need to nourish my soul.

  • Journal about “Eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.”
    Here’s an idea to get you started: Eating what is good takes time Cindy. Don’t rush, let’s enjoy this time together. I want to savor every word you give me Father like I savor each bite of smooth luscious chocolate. Each word you speak to me is like a feast for my soul. Delicious and satisfying.
  • Give yourself permission to respond: sense how much God loves you; how you may have left God on the sidelines of your life; how much God has helped you understand Conversational Prayer.

 

 

 

 

Part Two – Do You Know Where You Fail In Conversational Prayer?

Find out how you can begin a two-way conversation that you only dreamed about.

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Do you feel ashamed of yourself for neglecting to pray? Is it boring?

Do you go weeks at a time without picking your bible up? 

You’re not the only one. I would go for months at a time because prayer seemed more like being back in school. I hated school. 

I couldn’t connect with the teachers because of my learning style. Prayer was the same way.

Boring.

Dry,

and lifeless.

Once I discovered conversational prayer I never turned back. Back then I couldn’t put into words the process but today it seems so clear. 

Today you can begin a two-way conversation that you only dreamed about. As you experience communion with your heavenly Father it’s like a feast for your soul.

 4 Aspects or ways that help your conversational prayer be more life-giving:

  • Focusing
  • Listening
  • Discerning and
  • Responding

I covered focusing and listening in my previous post. Now I’ll cover the discerning and responding aspects of conversational prayer.

Good relationships don’t just fall into place overnight, do they? Conversational prayer is the same way. 

3. Discerning is the Third Aspect of Conversational Prayer

Discerning the content. But what do I mean by content? What kind of content are you to discern?

  • Content about what you do not know about your own heart (compassionately confronted).
  • Content about important things you thought you knew (fresh new insight). Often comes by asking new questions.
  • Content that reminds you of things you’ve forgotten (John 14:26).
  • Content filled with healing words for your soul.
  • Content filled with His heart for you, how much He loves you.

How Do I Know It’s God

  • God’s thoughts are different and better. Life-giving words feed your soul.
  • God’s thoughts bring peace, love, awe, and seeing with better clarity.
  • God’s confrontations are gentle and caring.

Harsh condemnation and judgment come from our own upbringing or from the accuser.

Checking with your friends or church family (providing that it’s healthy) confirmation is helpful.  Remain teachable because we never outgrow listening prayer.

We all learn from experience. As you become more familiar with the Father’s heart through your own experience revealed in Scripture you will grow in your discernment.

4. Responding is the Fourth Aspect of Conversational Prayer

Why do you need to respond actively? Where do you need to focus your attention?

How do I make this “stick”? Questions like these help you to respond to God better.

Since you are engaging God directly, ask him,

God, what do you want me to take away from our time together?
How can I apply this?
What do I want to come back to again?

Conversational prayer is interactive. It’s not you doing all the talking but a heart to heart
conversation with the lover of your soul.

Responding includes:

  • Quieting and spending time together
  • Enjoying the moment
  • Praying with thanksgiving / praise / intercession (praying for others) / repenting / renouncing.
  • Acting by contacting or connecting with others
  • Acting by serving or giving as led by the Holy Spirit
  • Acting by memorizing a verse or verses of Scripture
  • Acting by posting a note to keep the thought or thoughts visible
  • Acting by sharing with others

Long-term conversational prayer deepens your relationship with God. Listening prayer helps you get to know His character and how He loves and cares for you.

God’s mentoring brings growth, healing, and victory. Communion with God is a feast for your soul.

Lucy says, “conversational prayer has been transformational in my life.   The four aspects of conversational prayer broken down beautifully.

These four parts of conversational prayer prepares one for the transformational journey of having a relationship, a conversational relationship with God.  Conversational prayer is so practical and so profound.

I love how maturity is addressed as this does not often come up in other types of prayer. And I have grown so much by the help of others where they are strong in my weak areas modeling for me so that I can become strong too.

Okay, lets put into practice everything you’ve learned so far.

Conversational Prayer Practice – adapted from Renovation of the Heart in Daily Practice.

In this exercise below, you will Reflect on a snapshot of life

Start by choosing an image from the Psalms below that best describes your soul and what it’s crying out for. If you can’t decide, choose the one your best friend or spouse would choose for you.

A panting deer who has been running in search of water for a long time (Psalm 42:1).

A small creature crouching in the protective shadow of a huge creature (God’s wings)(Psalm 57:1).

A weary desert traveler (Psalm 63:1).

An ailing patient who stretches out his hands for help yet refuses to be comforted when comfort is offered (Psalm 77:2).

Someone who has narrowly escaped death (Psalm 116:8).

A tired mountain climber who has found a solid foothold (Psalm 94:18-19).

A gourmet dinner (Psalm 63:5) or (Isaiah 55:1-3).

Think carefully about why you chose the image you’ve chosen. What is the cry of your heart based on that image? What is needed to help your soul rest?

David points out,

“Engaging with God over life issues can be one of the most life-giving experiences we can have, as God shows us what we have missed and what we need in order to move on. But we need to stay teachable because these issues often have more than one layer to them.

For example, during one conversation I had with God about my self-hate, He gave me an insight that helped my self-image in some very important ways.

He revealed how many of the terrible things I believed about myself had more to do with the ways my family saw me during my early childhood than it had to do with who I really am in God’s eyes. It was a life-giving moment as if I had been given a cool drink of water in the desert.

When I sit down to spend time with God, sometimes I begin with a passage of Scripture, and other times I bring up whatever I am dealing with at the time.

Either way, God reveals His heart to me and helps me see things from His perspective. Most encounters with Him are like meeting with the Father I  always wished I had – who always has time for me, always knows what I need and how I need to hear it so that I “get” it.”

Both seasoned believers, as well as new Christians, report that conservational prayer has been one of the most enriching experiences of their entire Christian journey.

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