Note: I’m not sure why, but WP isn’t maintaining title capitalization properly. The title should be: The Words You Use to Describe Jesus Can Improve Your Prayer Life
Three Important Questions You Should Ask Yourself Today
Since these are important questions about who Jesus is to you and the words you use to describe Him, let’s get right to it.
Asking questions leads to understanding
- What would happen if I prayed with a deeper understanding about to whom it is that I’m praying?
- What could change about the approach, posture, or tone of your prayers with that in mind?
- Would a deeper understanding help you develop or change your practice of prayer?
You didn’t think I would drop these three questions and say goodbye. But, no, we aren’t done yet.
Finding your words to describe Jesus
Now, jot down a few words you use to describe Jesus. You can use any words, too, not just the ones you’ve heard from your mom, in church, or on TV. Instead, base your words on your personal experience with Jesus, so take your time about it.
Here are a few words to help you get started: quiet, strong, honest, trustworthy, patient, determined, available, focused, sincere, close, tender, a friend, persistent, praiseworthy, interested, ever-present, God.
By now, you have a few words in mind (or on the page). That’s good. So, look at your list to see if the exercise helped deepen your understanding of who Jesus is or not. Maybe you’ll need to spend more time recalling what Jesus has already done for you, where He’s met you, or what He’s walked through with you. Maybe He’s bringing you through something right now.
It’s okay. Important things usually take time.
Don’t rush through this part. There’s no clock on this exercise.
But, if you’re stuck, try getting unstuck by opening your Bible, a favorite devotional, or spending time in prayer. Then, confidently start a conversation with God. Your prayers are worth His time. As your understanding grows, so will your relationship with Jesus. So, be sure to keep the conversation going.
Being accurate is vital to your understanding
If you don’t know Jesus yet, your list will be different. It might contain words like unknown, distant, stranger. So, you’ll have to be intentional about getting to the truth. But, the good news about that is God wants you to find it.
On the other hand, if you are walking through life without Jesus by choice, your list might have words like tyrant, demanding, angry, or liar. Friend, these words are inaccurate.
Finding the truth is worth the investment
First, invest in yourself by taking the time to learn the truth about Jesus. It’s simple, really. You can start by reading your Bible. Soon, I’m sure you’ll create a new list of your own. Now, if you don’t have a Bible, there are plenty of free apps and websites available:
And if you don’t know where to begin (it IS a big book, after all), try starting in the Psalms, Proverbs, or the Gospel of John.
Then, find a bible-based church in your area and visit them.
You can do this!