Retro One Thing 11/15/2012
I’ve spent a lot of time lately contemplating and communicating the importance of prayer life. The most important thing that I have been seeing and saying is that prayer is not a monologue but a dialogue. Prayer is a conversation, a conversation with God, and what He has to say is infinitely more important than what we have to say. That does not mean that what we have to say is not important, as a matter of fact God loves hear to your voice and even the smallest issue in your life is relevant and significant to him, but for us, hearing His voice is a matter of life and death spiritually and emotionally.
In numbers chapter 12 verse 8 we are told that God used to speak to Moses mouth-to-mouth. The idea that is conveyed there is kind of like mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. It’s as if we must hear the voice of God because it’s the breath of life being breathed into us in the most intimate way, and without that we would not be able to live.
Deuteronomy chapter 8 in verse 3 says that God wants us to understand that man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Again, God’s word spoken into our heart in our time alone with him is like the breath of life being breathed into our spiritual lungs, and without it we will die.
Every Christian is wired to be able to hear the voice of God.That’s part of the hard drive built into every person the moment they receive Christ. Making the time to sit at His feet and hear His voice not an issue of discipline, though discipline is a gift used in the battle for intimacy, but an issue of spiritual life and death. I can always tell when I’m around someone who has cultivated a LISTENING LIFE, because they are animated with LIFE, in their behavior and conversation, having recently had the living breath of life breathed into them. They are giddy with an overdose of the oxygen of heaven.