Webster defines “conversation” as having an oral exchange of sentiments, observations, opinions, or ideas. So, what does it mean to know God intimately? Well, for me, I have come to realize that my conversations with God are very personal and private. Our relationship is one that allows us to laugh together, cry together, come to a mutual understanding especially after I have thought about the situation carefully and/or studied it prayerfully. The Holy Spirit has also made known to me my epitaph inscription; “In all thy getting, get an understanding”. (Proverbs 4:7b KJV)
Now I have a question for you…
Which would you rather have been given; a name at birth that distinguished you from other people, or a name at birth that referenced your inner most being? I realize that’s a tough question because as we grow, our character changes.
Unlike the Native American societies, at birth, infants receive names that are descriptive that can be changed as they go through life, according to what their experiences and accomplishments are. The vast nomenclatures for God are like that…or should I say ought to be like that as you grow more intimately in Him.
Your Christian walk and desires should be one of learning how to become more mature in grace and obedience because of a Wondrous working God. Your prayer life could be strengthened every time you called on Him if you substituted the word “God” for one of His names (below) from Scripture that addressed your need. Why? Because we know with assurance, God has already shown himself worthy of that title. (Below are are four examples of titles.)
|“God of Heaven”||“Prince of Peace”||“Deliver ”||“Righteous One” ”|
|When praying||Pray for waring nations,||Pray for Kings,||Praying for|
|for weather||People, Governments, and||Presidents, All||Justice, Sinners,|
|(nature) conditions.||Societies, etc.||Leaders, Parents, and||All Knowledge, and|
|Care Givers.||Jesus’ position as|
|the Son of God.|
Now, perhaps you can answer my question…
Because most of us at birth were given names that merely distinguished us from other people, we are not recognized by any attainable goals or notable accomplishments. On the other hand, every time we call on the Name of the Lord in prayer by one of His descriptive Names in Scripture that actually addresses our needs, we can shout hallelujah because we know He is able, ready and willing to respond.
My prayer for you…
Dear Jehovah Jireh, my Provider and Maker of Heaven and Earth, we want to thank You very much for making us joyful and happy. We want to make our thoughts obedient to You, and in all things we sincerely ask that You help us to focus on all things that are beautiful and good and right so that our conversations and interactions with You will reflect Your peace and understanding. We ask these blessings in your Son’s Name, Jesus the Christ. Amen
Scripture Lesson: “Brothers (and Sisters), stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” (1 Corinthians 14:20 NIV)
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