What does it take to build a healthy relationship? Self-sacrifice, communication, time invested, patience, forgiveness, love, and loyalty.
The incredible gift of relationship with God our Father is that he will never move on whether you are investing in relationship with Him or not. He is always there, arms outstretched to gather you in. Yes, God desires a personal relationship with you.
If you are already in relationship with God how often are you in communication with him? Once a day, once a month, or do you invest time and chat with him through-out your day? Prayer is our wireless connection to our Heavenly Father. The more you communicate with him the more you will be in tune to his voice and his various lines of communication with you.
In the New Testament we find Jesus was all about prayer. He started his day in communication with God, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35-36). Jesus prior to making a big decision such as who he was going to choose as his twelve disciples, prayed to God, “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles” (Luke 6: 12-13). Seeking guidance and direction for the beginning of each day and in making huge life decisions are just two examples of when and what we should lift up in prayer. Giving each day to God. Asking to see even the most mundane things through the lens of Jesus opens our hearts and mind to His will through-out the day.
Notice that Jesus separated himself from all distraction to seek counsel from God. He didn’t pray surrounded by people and distractions. No, he went somewhere quiet where he could focus on praying to His Father.
I’m good at praying and communicating with God through-out my day. I have gotten into the habit of thanking him for a green light while driving. Acknowledging his goodness even in the tiniest things. However, when it comes to seeking out solitude daily and praying to God I’m inconsistent. I’m not talking about praying to God before my feet hit the floor in each morning. I’m talking about going to a specific location in my home seeking solitude carving time to pray daily. This is my goal for 2019. I believe that my time in communication with God will be richer and more fulfilling if I schedule seeking solitude and entering into communication with God as strong a habit as I talk to him through out the day.
Interesting thought, the word Holy means to be “set apart”. In viewing my 2019 New Years resolution of seeking daily solitude to chat with God I can say that this time of solitude with God will be a holy communion of communication.
Jesus example of separating himself from the hustle and bustle of his day to day life; Seeking quiet and solitude to partake of the communion of communication is an act to master. What gems will be discovered? I intend to find out. Seek and you will find.
I pray that all of us enter into improved connections of communication with God for it’s in His instruction that we find our greatest treasure.