Prayer and Communion
(Prov. 20:12, Heb. 3:7-4:13, Rev.1:11)
Many words apply to communication with God. Two are used in the title. Fellowship is another. Meanings differ but the thoughts expressed are all aspects of God’s relationship with us. He began the process by creating us with a spiritual nature so that we can communicate with Him, the Living God. It is pure and simple. He takes the initiative and catches our attention. If we want to know the pattern, we can look in that book we call the Bible. And we can look at human history.
In the beginning the Lord communed with Adam. They walked together in the cool of the day. It was sweet. We have no record of God telling Adam He was going to put him into a deep sleep. Rather He gave Him an object lesson by Adam observing and naming the animals. The Lord may bring understanding without speaking directly. He simply causes us to know. Yet I am sure Adam and the Lord had conversations before that. He made us so that He can communicate with us. And we with Him. He made the hearing ear and the seeing eye. That is about the spiritual side of us. Jesus came to His churches as recorded in Revelation 2 and 3 and said to each, “Let him who has ears to hear, hear.” He is telling us to listen, to pay attention. That we have learned to do.
It requires a quiet spirit. We learn to still ourselves in His presence. At times, we know His presence and nothing is said. Other times an entire download, a vision, a message, understanding, or wisdom may come. He, the Lord, knows what we need before we ask. And He knows us, the secrets and intentions of our hearts. His words are sharp and discerning to expose those thoughts whether good or bad, from light or born of darkness. We do not need to be afraid of His searching us, although we can be. We can be unsure of His intention. But He never comes to condemn, although He may come to judge. That is not contradictory. He is never wanting to condemn us, He is wanting to save us from those thoughts and intentions that draw us away from Him.
After Adam and Eve discovered their nakedness, their break from the close relationship with the Lord, He called, “Adam, where are you?” Adam heard His voice. When we stray, when we have believed a deceiving voice, we can still hear Him. He will again take initiative and call. The Good Shepherd is the One who will go out and look for the lost sheep. He is always present. Eternity is heaven. It is here, not a faraway place. It is always today. Today, if you would hear His voice, stay soft. If you find yourself hard and resistant, earnestly ask Him to soften you again. We draw near to obtain mercy and find grace. He will not withhold it.
We live in a day well past the writings which are so foundational for us. Part of the world has been saturated with the gospel, the preaching of the kingdom of God. This began as the Spirit was first poured out. Pentecost was fulfilled. And that Spirit, the Spirit of Christ is yet being poured out on all flesh. So we find people who do not share our theological understandings but have experienced the love of God, the presence of God. And we rejoice together with them as we together we grow in the true knowledge of Him who saved us. As we commune with Him day after day, knowing His presence and all that He brings. I catch myself as I write these words thinking it’s a lot of words to express the simple truth. The Lord mad us for communion with Himself. It overflows to others and we can know a fellowship in the Spirit. That is a joy! Walk by the Spirit and the flesh, our self-centeredness cannot prevail. That is walking in victory. Keep listening. Keep your lamps filled. Watch and pray. Otherwise we can grow dull, lukewarm, and potentially hardened. You do not want to go there.