Powerful Prayer Devotional – Deeper Conversations With God
Last Friday we heard about Powerful Prayer Devotional – Welcome Holy Spirit. In the Devotional. Today, we look closer at intimacy with God in Powerful Prayer Devotional – Deeper Conversations With God. Conversing with God through the Holy Spirit takes some practice but as you quiet yourself, you become more familiar with His voice. As it says in the first part of Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God;” Let us see what Lory Ramsey from our Devotional has to say.
10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
John 10:10 (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
John 14:26 (NIV) 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
God’s Word on Prayer
As you converse with God through the Holy Spirit, an intimacy and closeness develop much like a friendship. There is a natural give and take to the conversation. You talk then He talks and then you talk again and so forth. One thing that is necessary for this growing relationship and intimacy with God through the Holy Spirit is that you immerse yourself in His Word daily. Meditate on Scripture, study Scripture, memorize Scripture. The more your read and study the Word, the more you become familiar with God’s voice and how He speaks through His Holy Spirit to you.
Pray His Word, Praise in His Word and then be silent and you will hear Him speak back to you through the Holy Spirit in His still small voice. You may even see images that He places in your mind while speaking in an unknown tongue during prayer.
Has a thought ever occurred to you while praying in tongues or in your own voice? Was the thought a good thought or a bad thought? You can “test the spirit” that sent the thought (see John 10:10). If the spirit that sent the thought comes to steal, kill, and destroy then it is from Satan. If the Spirit comes to bring life and bring it more abundantly then it is from God.
Or you can use the two or three times rule (This was my method). If the thought keeps coming to you several times and you get anxious when you ignore it, most likely it is a thought from God. That was my way. The less stubborn way is to use John 10:10.
If you have thought that make you fee “bad” then these thoughts are NOT from God. The Holy Spirit wants your thought attention to be given to Him, focused on God. At those times we should fall silent and listen to the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 10:5) taking captive our thoughts and listen to the still small voice of God through the Holy Spirit.
When you are talking to God and He asks you to talk to Him, don’t get all hung up on the semantics like…Do I kneel? Do I prostrate myself? Do I fold my hands in prayer?…just do what He asks…TALK. As you talk with the Holy Spirit, you become less intimidated and more familiar with Him and you become friends.
Your job is to keep nurturing that friendship, relationship with the Holy Spirit and God by setting a regular time to meet with Him that is private and quiet where you won’t be rushed or disturbed. Some choose morning. Some choose evening. Some choose both. The timing is up to you as is the length of time you spend.
I will tell you that once your relationship and friendship grow more intimate, you’ll desire more time. That is what happened with me anyway. You can also take short times to just say hello and check in with the Holy Spirit. Like while taking a shower, or while the kids are napping, or while taking a break at work…just a few minutes is all that check-ins require.
Remember that the Holy Spirit was sent to us by God, the Father when Jesus ascended to sit at the right-hand side of God (see John 14:26). He is our advocate, our comforter, our connection between Jesus, God our Father and us. He is the third part of the Trinity and making Him your best friend is a wonderful gift since you walk in Him daily.
Growing in Prayer
1.Continue your prayer time (set to your alarm) daily praying for 30-60 minutes depending on your prayer needs. You may want to pray twice a day at this point on some days. Use Holy Spirit Baptism and pray in tongues at least part of the time.
2. Spend time talking to the Holy Spirit during prayer using your own voice and praying in tongues. Then just listen for a period of time to see if you can hear the Holy Spirit speaking back to you. Practice this daily.
3.Continue to include others in your prayers. I set aside the first half of my prayer time for my needs (including confession, prayer needs for myself, conversation, quiet time, praise, protection) and the second half prayer for others’ needs or requests.
4.Anyone joining this devotional late, I suggest that you start with the beginning post given on 7/5/16 and continue chronologically since each post builds on the next post.
Tonight I thank You for your teaching about the deeper conversation with you through the Holy Spirit, the third part of the Trinity. His friendship and advocacy to us is so important. Thank you for always being ready to listen to us in our own voice or our personal prayer language through the Holy Spirit. Thank You for Your Word that teaches us Biblically the basis for Holy Spirit, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, and having a deeper relationship with you. Thank You for being Holy and Righteous. Please give our hearts a desire and willingness to listen to the Holy Spirit and grow more deeply intimate with you in conversation through the Holy Spirit. Teach us to read, study, and meditate on Your Word daily. Help us to grow ever closer to You. I ask Lord, for you to continue to move in a mighty way in Your power and glory in America and in the World. May we all pray continuously for world revival. Bless You Lord.
In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
Powerful Scripture-Based Prayer by Lory Ramsey is available at Amazon.com.