Our God, Jehovah, is the Relational God. Through prayer, we can have a conversation with God and build a relationship with Him. And, by the way, He already knows each of us—even those not actively seeking Him or trying to avoid Him altogether.
So how does one enter into a relationship with God the Father? I know it sounds daunting, but it really isn’t. All it takes is one word – Prayer.
Prayer is nothing to fear
I encourage you to start the day with prayer but, if it’s tough for you, try to think of it as simply talking to a friend. Soon, you will realize that God is your best friend. You can’t get it wrong, so there’s really nothing to be afraid of.
Now, this might be only my opinion, but I believe prayer is the first step. Even before a pre-Christian, by faith, accepts Jesus as their Savior, I think they’ve already started a conversation with the Father. That’s prayer. And it happens because there’s a pull toward something not yet realized but still desired. But, unfortunately, some ignore that pull and miss out.
C. S. Lewis said, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
Don’t ignore the pull. Even though our God may not be of this world, He created it and He is not far away.
When you can’t think of your own words, it’s okay to use someone else’s. Here’s a great example:
Jehovah, thank you for desiring to be close to me. Thank you for not only being high and lifted up but also dwelling with the lowly and with those who are not of a high stature. Thank you for the goodness and depth of your heart, which pours out love time and time again in my life. Thank you for your grace and patience, which you lovingly manifest even in the face of my many dismissals of you. I often walk in the midst of the beauty of your creation without giving you the praise and credit you deserve. Please accept my heart of gratitude right now for all you have made and for your desire to know me fully and to empower me to know you as well. (Evans, T., 2014).
God is as close as your heart. So why not open it and start a conversation?
Evans, T. (2014). In Praying Through The Names of God (pp. 15-16). essay, Harvest House Publishers.
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Inspired by Tony Evans book, Praying Through The Names of God (2014, Harvest House Publishers)