A conversation is defined as a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which sentiments, observations, feelings and ideas are exchanged. It's a dialogue. Prayer is a conversation.
I feel it's important to highlight prayer as a conversation because often times many feel they have to come to God formally. While there should always be a level of reverence, He's our Father. And when you have a close relationship with someone, the conversation is open and relaxed. You feel like you can share anything. There is nothing too big or too small to pray about. God can handle it all, from the small things you think are trivial, to the huge things that scare you. Because of your relationship with Christ, you have open access to Him. Hebrews 4:15-16 reads "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most."
Prayer is a conversation in terms that we speak to God and God speaks to us through prayer. It's a two way street. We go to God in prayer to share our thoughts, needs, desires, worries, fears, feelings, to ask for what we need for ourselves and others, etc. During that time, God can give us wisdom, direction, guidance, strategy, speaks words of life, gives correction, affirmation, comfort and much more.
In order for prayer to be established as a conversation that's open, honest and real, there's a few things we have to do:
1. Let Him In
2. Get to Know Christ
3. Be Vulnerable
Let Him In
Letting God in is the first step to letting God in. It's a prayer through conversation that opens the door for Jesus to enter into your heart. Revelation 3:20 NLT, Jesus says "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends."
Opening the door of your heart to Jesus is the beginning of a prayer connection with God. If you haven't said this prayer, letting him into your heart, check out our prayer of salvation below. Say this openly aloud:
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! Whether you prayed that prayer for the first time or not, congratulations!!!! The Bible tells us in Luke 15:7 that "In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven't strayed away!"
Revelation 3:20 continues by saying "....If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends."
Through prayer, through conversation with God, you discover what He is instructing you do to. John 15:14 tells us, "You are my friends if you do what I command."
Open the door, share together in prayer, through sharing together in prayer, you are told the will of God, follow those instructions through obedience = friends with Jesus.
Sis, Bro...idk about you, but I want to be a friend of God. I desire to have an intimate relationship with our Lord. Just like my best friend knows everything about me, I want our Lord to know everything about me too. I want to know what He requires of me, how I should act, what I should say, where and when to go, and how to navigate this everyday life in the world we live in. That, my friends, only comes through prayer, which is a conversation between you and God.
2. Get to Know Christ
The Bible tells us in Luke 12:7 "And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." Jeremiah 1:5 tells us "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations."
God knows all about us. Prayer and conversation with God is a way for you to get to know who He is.
Through prayer, God shows you His character. He sharpens your ability to hear His voice. He speaks to you and affirms you. He shows you who you are. He tells you your identity. He gives you insight to what's ahead. He demonstrates His outpouring of love towards you. Prayer time with God leads to instructions, which through obedience, grow your faith and your trust for His voice.
The best way to get to know Christ is through His Word. However, effectively reading His word requires prayer. Why? John 14:1, Jesus is revealed to us as the Word. "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God." 2 Timothy 3:16 explains "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what its right."
So in order to study and understand God, Jesus, who is the Word, we must pray and ask for His help in understanding. We pray and ask for His Spirit to lead and guide us through the Word, and give us revelation and insight to who He is, who we are, and what He is saying.
3. Be Vulnerable
Have you ever heard the saying "talking to a brick wall?" It's used in context where the person on the receiving end of a message is not listening or has a closed heart. Many of us have been through experiences that have hardened our hearts or have made us trust less, so it can be difficult to open up to God, whom you don't really know. God is trustworthy. And He shows us His faithfulness partly through time spent in prayer. He's patient and loving and kind, and works with you through prayer to remove the layers and walls that you've had to put up as a defense mechanism so you wouldn't get hurt. Over time, He shows you that He's just, He cares and that He's willing to work to show you you can trust Him. Prayer is beautiful when you can be vulnerable about what you feel and about what you are experiencing.
Prayer is a dialogue. It's an open conversation where you and God can talk about any and everything. It's a two-way street. God talks, you listen, you talk, God listens. When we approach prayer as a conversation, rather than like approaching the Wizard of Oz, you allow space for intimacy to be formed. You create room for a relationship to be established. You create room for God to move in your life and for you to be rooted and planted in the things of God.
God wants to speak to you. Join him in prayer.