Communication is more than a good skill for leaders to attain. It’s essential, especially communication with God, if we are going to fulfill our purpose to love God and others. And, the more we love God and others, the more and more we’ll find ourselves driven to pray.
Communication with God is Essential to Fulfilling Our Purpose
Our ability to fulfill our purpose depends on His work in our lives. How will we work in cooperation with God if we don’t seek His ways? How will we have the wisdom and power we need if we don’t ask? Reflect on the following verses. Though these verses may be quite familiar, we don’t always think through the ramifications in light of our ability to fulfill our purpose to love Him and others.
This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. …” (Matt. 6:9-11)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matt. 7:7)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)
You do not have because you do not ask God. (James 4:2)
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 Jn. 5:14-15)
Our Purpose to Love God & Others Drives Us to Communicate with God
How can we truly love God and not communicate with Him? How can we truly love people and not pray for them? We will be more prone to having love drive us to communication with God when it is described the way it is in the Greatest Commandment:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mk. 12:3)
1) Loving God with ALL of your heart suggests you are loving Him to the very core of your being. When that happens, you will be more prone to pouring out your hearts to Him.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Ps. 62:8)
2) Loving God with ALL of your soul could suggest that you approach Him as you are, not with pretense as someone you aren’t. When that happens, you will be more prone be real or honest with Him about what is happening.
My tears have been my food day and night … These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. (Ps. 42:3-4)
3) Loving God with ALL of your mind suggests that you express more than an emotional reaction to God but rather come to Him based on an understanding of the known Truth of His Word. When that happens, you will be more prone to listen in your communication and not merely tell God what you think or want.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:9-11)
4) Loving God with ALL of your strength suggests that you do what is necessary to keep Him a priority. When that happens, you will be more prone to sacrifice physical comforts and conveniences if necessary.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (Col. 4:2)
If loving God with all of who you are is part of your church’s purpose, communication with Him has to be an essential part of all you do. Even the busyness of ministry will not crowd out time to pray when we love Him as described above.
When this kind of love for God drives your communication with Him, it will also affect your communication with others — the topic of the next post.
Devotional Resource on Prayer: Prayer Bits