One of the most amazing things that I have enjoyed about conversing with God has been how He has spoken to me through means of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has spoken to me through both bringing cohesive thoughts to my mind as well as using my voice to audibly speak to me. He has used scripture, songs, and at times, addressed me directly by name. It has been a moment of awe that has overwhelmed me, and at times arrested me in the moment.
How did I reach this degree of prayer? Well, through hard work and dedication unto God Almighty ... would be a great answer. However, I am not quite sure as to how it all came to be. Yet there are some exercises that I have come to practice that took a part in having systematically escorted me to this degree of conversing with God. Amongst those exercises have been reading, writing, and singing.
Learn to read. How have I gotten to know what God has spoken to me and that it was from Him; not my own mind? God has given me five major physical senses (i.e. sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch). He has also given me three abstract aspects of my being (i.e. heart, mind, and spirit). However, it has taken a combination of both the physical and abstract to both recognize and receive a reply from God. For my part, I have been confronted by God to read the Scriptures; God's Word (i.e. the Bible). I have applied myself to progressive chapter readings of a book of the Bible and reflected over how its content was applicable to my life. I have also applied myself to topical studies such as prayer, the role of the Holy Spirit, and character attributes of a Born-Again Christian; to name a few. Such studies have led me to grow spiritually and in understanding God's expectations for my life and relationship with Him. Yet, more importantly, it has been the time in reading and studying the Scriptures that has allowed me to soak in the Word of God deep within the abyss of my heart. It has been this practice that has allowed the Holy Spirit to work through me, even to minister to me through times of adoration to God as well as my own moments of despair. Although I have struggled to adhere to such a practice with discipline, God has been faithful and just to assist me through means of the Holy Spirit. Hence, I have been able to continue to press forward to reading His Word. I must also note that although I have yet to understand all that is presented to me in the Scriptures, I have learned to seek the Holy Spirit for assistance; doing so has made all the difference.
Power of the written word. For several years now, I have also conversed with God through written form. The rules of writing have allowed me to organize my thoughts with structure, before a word, phrase or sentence was ever put into written form. There have been times when I have used plain notepads, notebooks, and memo pads as a media by which to write down and pour out my heart to God. There have also been times in which I have written prayers to God within the pages of my personal journals or "prayer" journals that have been specifically designated as media in which to retain my conversations with Him. Additionally, when I have received a reply from God, I have been able to recall the written words that I had expressed unto my Heavenly Father. I do have to note, that I have written many prayers that I simply sent off into heaven, but did not retain its written form. At those times, I simply needed to pour my heart out to my Heavenly Father ... when no one else could come to me and be used by Him to minister to my soul. In addition, I have written out many prayers for personal letters and at the closing of Internet postings; many of which are of my own written work. This practice has led me to a discipline for written prayers; specifically when writing prayers online for an organization that supports members of the persecuted church. The most impressive thing that I have observed about conversing with God in written form has been the lifting of a heavy burden from my soul after the conversation had been brought to a close. For all of these things, I am forever grateful to God; my Comforter.
Sing unto Him. I have conversed with God through singing songs; in particular, songs that have brought praise and adoration unto Him and His Son. The "secret" of it all has not laid in singing the words or playing the music. Instead, I had embraced the significance of the noted words of that song deep within my heart, and sung them all to God, as though they were my own. Yes, this has all been done with a sincere adoration unto Him. As time has elapsed, the Holy Spirit has both led and taught me to express my own voice. This was exercised through both singing and playing a musical instrument. Additionally, the Holy Spirit has led me to translate songs written by Christian composers, but even better, to both compose and arrange my own songs. Additionally, there have been times when the Holy Spirit has grabbed a hold of me and a song has emerged in an unknown language. Although I have not always been bestowed the privilege to learn of the interpretation of that song, I have been filled with a peace that bared the signature of the Holy Spirit. Do note, that many of these conversations, at least in this form, have not occurred in corporate worship, but instead, on my own, as I have driven through town or sought Him from within the confines of my room.
Today I implore you with great fervency, to converse with God through means such as reading, writing, song ... or any other means God lays in your heart to pursue. In doing so, you will not only strengthen your relationship with God, but also find yourself whole in body, mind, and spirit.
Let Us Pray. Dear God, You who are Great and Grand, I come to You right now, and I thank You for the lessons You have taught me in regards to conversing with You. Thank You for the time You have spent with me and the Holy Spirit, who has played a vital role in our conversations. God, I ask that You use this narrative to encourage other Born-Again Christians to pursue you diligently, but also with a heart of humble adoration for who You are. Please remind them that they do not need to be perfect to converse with You; simply be saved from sin through Your Son, Jesus. Please God, speak to their hearts, minds, and souls ... teach and guide them into intimate conversations with You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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