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How to talk to God for REAL

How do you talk to God? How should we talk to God?

I often hear Christians who have picked up a really bad habit of saying “Father God” at least once every 5 words. I am not making this up. You have probably heard something like it yourself.

Such prayers sound like this:

Father God, I thank you, Father God, for being here, Father God, and for allowing us, Father God, to study Scripture today, Father God. And Father God, may you bless our minds, Father God, with your Spirit, Father God, so that, Father God, we may become more Christlike, Father God, and in your name, Father God, bring others to you, Father God.

And on and on it goes. I have written about this before here. Such a way of praying certainly develops a good rhythm, but is that really what we are going for in our prayers? Rhythm? No. I think that when we pray, our goal should be communication with God.

So how can you do that?

Talk to God like you Talk to Others

When people say “Father God” over and over in their prayers, I imagine God does not mind as much as I do … but please, when you pray, learn to talk to God like you talk to anyone else. You do not need fancy words, fancy language, or lots of repetition.

And God definitely doesn’t need to be reminded of who we are talking to.

On a recent Facebook Post, Vicki Manera shared this image with me:

Let’s start talking to God the way we talk to anyone else. God does not need to be reminded that we are talking to Him.

In fact, you don’t even need to start your prayers with the word “Dear” and end them with the word “Amen.” Do you do this when talking to anyone else? Nope. So just talk to God like you talk to any other friend who is standing right next to you. Because that is exactly where God is.

The Lord’s Prayer for Today

Here is “The Lord’s Prayer” which follows this way of thinking about God and about prayer:

Hey Dad, I know that you want people to know who you are, and so help me learn to follow your ways here on earth just as they are followed in heaven. Help me do this by trusting you for my needs today and avoiding the way the world wants me to live. Hopefully as you teach me to live this way, others will come to know you through me. I’m serious about this, okay?

Now really, that prayer is quite generic. It doesn’t say much. But it’s a template for how our conversations with God can go. You don’t need to memorize this prayer or recite it. After all, do you memorize a conversation you want to have with your wife and recite it to her every night at dinner? I hope not…

The point is this … God is a real person who wants to have real conversations with you. So talk to Him that way!

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K. Michelle — Talk To God Lyrics

K. Michelle Lyrics

Talk to God about me
How you feel about me
Look Him in His eyes
Ask Him why I’m fly
Talk to God about me
How you feel inside
Or let Him confirm those lies
Ask him why, oh why, why?

They be like
«That bitch fake and lately I heard she been bleachin'» yeah
I just look at these hoes like «Y’all still reachin’?» yeah
And I admit that maybe I give them a reason, yeah
They always screamin’ «Next year gon’ be they season,» nah
And if you really knew the bitches that you look up to
Them hoes faker than the silicone in these boobs
Man, fuck a red carpet, gimme my just due
‘Cause my numbers don’t lie, but the industry do

Spendin’ so much time talkin’ crazy ’bout
Somethin’ y’all hoes don’t know shit about
Livin’ out your life on the Internet
While I spend my time gettin’ to the checks

Talk to God about me
How you feel about me
Look Him in His eyes
Ask Him why I’m fly
Talk to God about me
How you feel inside
Or let Him confirm those lies
Ask him why, oh why, why, oh why?

Bet you wanna see the tears fall
From my eyes
Ain’t my doin’, it ain’t my fault
Talk to God
Talk to God
God…

Why you mad, with ya ugly ass startin’ somethin’?
I slick my baby hairs down, so I ain’t stressin’ nothin’
Always tryin’ to make me be the girl that I used to be
I done laughed at all the hoes you seen on TV with me
Throwin’ shots when you know your chin ain’t strong
Standin’ taller than you bitches with no heels on
They make it hard when you do this at this level
I put in time to spend that million on that bezel

Spendin’ so much time talkin’ crazy ’bout
Somethin’ y’all hoes don’t know shit about
Livin’ out your life on the Internet
While I spend my time gettin’ to the checks

Talk to God about me
How you feel about me
Look Him in His eyes
Ask Him why I’m fly
Talk to God about me
How you feel inside
Or let Him confirm those lies
Ask him why, oh why, why, oh why?

All them tweets that I [?] to me
You will never even see what they did to me
How you gon’ like me when you don’t like yourselves?
Y’all need some help, help
If there’s [?]
A few years ago I probably woulda [?]

Talk to God about me
How you feel about me
Look Him in His eyes
Ask Him why I’m fly
Talk to God about me
How you feel inside
Or let Him confirm those lies
Ask him why, oh why, why, oh why?

Bet you wanna see the tears fall
From my eyes
Ain’t my doin’, it ain’t my fault
Talk to God
Talk to..
Talk to..
(Or let Him confirm those lies
Ask Him why I’m fly)
It ain’t my fault…

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Are people who claim to talk to God insane?


Question: «Are people who claim to talk to God insane?»

Answer:


There is nothing crazy, ridiculous, or unreasonable about one person talking to another person. Prayer is simply conversation with our Creator. God is spirit, but He is also a Person, which means He has personality, with feelings, desires, and intelligence. He enjoys interaction with His creation, and when we choose to seek Him, He promises we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). The Bible is filled with conversations between God and people, beginning in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:17). God created man for fellowship, and conversation is a big part of that. He delights in us and wants us to delight in Him (Psalm 37:4, 23).

God Himself invites us to call on Him, and He promises to answer (Jeremiah 3:3, 29:12; Psalm 50:15; Ephesians 6:18; 1 John 5:14). Jesus taught us how to pray in what has become known as «The Lord’s Prayer» (Luke 11:2-4). His own prayer, recorded in John 17, is also a good example of heartfelt, intimate prayer between the Father and the Son. If we have become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, we can pray just as intimately and know that our Father hears us (John 1:12).

There are too many instances to cite of perfectly sane people talking to God. Some of the most noteworthy are Moses (Exodus 4:10), Elijah (James 5:17), David (2 Samuel 24:10), and Jesus (Matthew 11:24; John 17:1). Many great leaders of the past have relied on prayer to make their decisions. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and most of America’s Founding Fathers believed strongly in the power of prayer. Great scientists such as Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur, Francis Bacon, George Washington Carver, and Galileo also believed in prayer. None of these people could be classified as «insane.»

Those who walk closely with God also hear His voice speaking to them. God’s voice is rarely audible. He speaks into the heart of a person who is wholly committed to Him (Acts 8:29; 10:19; 2 Corinthians 12:9). He speaks through His Holy Spirit into the hearts of His children to guide, protect, and encourage them (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:18). Jesus said, «My sheep know my voice» (John 10:27).

When we place our faith in Jesus Christ for salvation, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live inside our hearts (1 Corinthians 6:9). He helps us pray in a way that communicates our real heart’s desire to God (Romans 8:26). In John 14:26, Jesus told His disciples, «The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.» Often, God’s answer to our prayers is already found in His Word. As we pray, the Holy Spirit brings His Word to mind, and we have our answer. Human beings never become all they were created to be until they learn to communicate with their Creator.

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How To Talk To God








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Prayer is simply having a conversation with God. There are many different thoughts on what you should and shouldn’t say when you pray. There is merit to many of these ideas. But try to make your prayer life a simple conversation with your Heavenly Father.

Here are 10 tips to help you as you begin a journey of praying faithfully to God.

Have a Place to Pray

You may have a quiet room in your house that you can use to pray, or you may find solace in your car in the parking lot at work. Wherever you pray, try to be consistent. It certainly doesn’t matter to God if you lock yourself in a bathroom or a broom closet, but it will help you to focus on your prayer time when you have a consistent time and place to pray.

Pray without ceasing means to always be in an attitude of prayer, or to be aware that God is with you at every moment and that you can have a conversation with Him at any time.

Have a Time to Pray

Schedule a time to pray. The Bible says to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17). This means to always be in an attitude of prayer, or to be aware that God is with you at every moment and that you can have a conversation with Him at any time. However, scheduling a specific time to pray each day will help you become a consistent person of prayer: someone who is serious about the needs of others and will pray trusting that God will accomplish His plan in their life.

As you begin learning to pray, you may find that you only need a few minutes each day. Ten minutes of praying is a long time for someone who has never had the habit of prayer. The more you pray and follow these tips, the more time you will want to have with the Lord.

Make an appointment with God on your daily calendar and keep that appointment just as you would with anyone else on your agenda.

 

Make a Prayer List

Create a list that you carry with you or in your prayer journal where you can note specific prayer requests that people mention. When someone asks you to pray for them, write it down. Don’t trust your memory.

You can divide your list into various types of requests, or create lists that you will pray through on various days of the week. Maybe you will commit to praying for government leaders three days a week but want to pray for your family every day. At first this may not be necessary because you will start with a short list of requests. But as you have more and more things to pray for, you can divide them out so that you are not rushed in your prayer time.

Use a Prayer Guide

A prayer guide is a short list of reminders of what types of things you should pray for. Here are some suggested topics for your prayer guide: salvation, protection, leadership, ministry opportunity, deliverance from temptation, etc.

When you pray for a missionary you should pray that God will give them protection on the field, that they will be able to witness effectively and that they will have more ministry opportunities. When praying for your family you can use this list to remind you to pray for their deliverance from temptation, safety and that they will make wise decisions as they lead others.

Make your own guide to help you remember certain things you should be praying for in each type of request that you are given.

Pray Specifically

Pray for the requests on your list and try to avoid general prayers. God already knows about all the missionaries in the world. Don’t just pray for God to bless them all. Pray for their specific needs. Pray for your family member’s individual requests.

God knows the needs. He wants us to acknowledge that we are concerned about those individual requests too.

Keep a Notepad Close

Have you ever been distracted while praying? It often happens that we are praying and remember something important we need to do, or even another prayer request will come to mind. Use a simple notepad to help you jot down these new requests (or to-do items) and then get back to your conversation with the Lord. Don’t let distractions keep you from having an effective prayer life.

Keep a Prayer Journal

Along with your prayer list you should keep a journal of the things you have prayed for in the past. Write down when you began praying for it and when God answered your prayers. We have all had prayers answered, but can you name five specific things you prayed for and when God answered them? If you don’t have some type of prayer journal, you probably can’t.

Use this prayer journal to remind you of the prayer answering God that we serve. He is eager to hear and answer our prayers according to His will.

If your children were not thankful and never recognized when you do good things for them, how would that make you feel? Don’t be guilty of having a thankless spirit by asking God to answer prayers and then never acknowledging His provision.

Talk With God

Don’t make prayer complicated. There are certainly many things the Bible teaches about prayer. We should pray with respect. We should pray to a loving Father. We should pray with sins forgiven. We should pray in Jesus’ name and according to His will. All of these things are taught in the Bible. Keep these things in mind while praying, but don’t complicate prayer.

Talk with God as if you are having a conversation with a friend. Yes, He is King of creation, but He is also a caring and loving Father.

Pray Aloud

God will hear you if you pray silently, but praying aloud helps you to stay focused. When you pray aloud you force yourself to think intelligently about your words. Praying silently is a quick way to zone out and lose focus and intensity in your prayer time.

Find a Prayer Partner

The majority of your daily prayer should be a personal time of communion with God; however, it is also helpful to share requests with others who can carry a prayer burden with you. You can both rejoice over victories through prayer.

The Bible even speaks about us joining together with others in prayer. We can bring requests to God on an individual basis, but Jesus admonishes the disciples in Matthew 18:19 and 20 that there is more power in going to God as a group rather than only as individuals.

I hope these 10 tips help you in your quest to pray more consistently. Having daily communion with God is a great way to help you grow spiritually and become more mature in your Christianity.

Do you have other prayer tips? Please include them in the comments below.

Resources:

The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

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50 Ways to Talk to God

I know there are people out there–lots of them–who show up Sunday morning and call it good for the week. I know there are people who check Catholic on forms but don’t have any kind of a relationship with Christ. I guess I just figured there was a solid core of believers who were in love with Christ–or at least trying to be.

But I’m reading Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples and it’s breaking my heart. Almost half of Catholics, she says, don’t believe God is a personal God. They don’t even believe it’s possible to have a relationship with him. Most of us don’t pray beyond what’s required and when we do it’s not about love so much as a sense of duty. We might be committed to the Church, but we’re not really committed to Christ.

I hope this shocks you as much as it shocked me. I hope you’re living for Christ and seeking him every day in prayer. But if you’re one of those people checking off the boxes, one of those people doing the bare minimum and longing for more, I’m calling you out. Please go deeper. Christ is so much more than you think he is and you can be so much more, too. It’s great that you’re going to Mass, but I know he wants more from you. He wants more for you. He wants you to know him, to love him, to follow him and be fulfilled by him. He wants your prayer to be more than just lip service. He wants you to want him.

Maybe that’s too abstract, so I’m not staying up in my ivory tower on this one. I’m getting practical. You want to know where to start? Here are 50 ways to approach prayer like it’s more than just something to get through so you can get on with your week. Try one, try them all, but try something. You have nothing to lose. You have everything to gain.

  1. Close your eyes and just repeat the name of Jesus.
  2. Write a letter to God every night for a month. Promise yourself you won’t let anyone read them so you can forget the fancy language and get real.
  3. Read the Song of Songs like Christ is the bridegroom and you’re the bride. Because you are.
  4. When things get crazy, go to adoration at night. Don’t try to stay on topic–just talk through all the mess in your life. Talk in circles and get frustrated and pull out your shopping list and process until your mind finally slows down. Work through it all and then just let yourself be. It’s a very loud silence, that.
  5. Pray the news. Beg mercy for sinners, healing for the infirm, justice and peace and God’s will in all things.
  6. Go somewhere beautiful (I recommend Montana) and revel in the majesty of God.
  7. Hold a crucifix while you pray.
  8. Pick a small but regular sacrifice (no sugar in your coffee, no condiments, no added salt). Thank Jesus for his sacrifice every time you make yours.
  9. Pray the Our Father slowly. Take ten minutes to pray it once.
  10. Ask the Blessed Mother to hold your hand and walk you to Jesus.
  11. Tithe your free time–if you work eight hours a day and sleep eight hours a day, spend 48 minutes in prayer over the course of the day.
  12. Think of how your small children tell you they love you–over and over, at any opportunity, with deep feeling and deep beauty even when it’s deeply awkward. Talk to God like you’re a little child.
  13. Sit in a circle with your closest friends and take turns talking out loud to God.
  14. Pray the Mass like it’s the Last Supper–because it is. Listen to Jesus like it’s your last night with him.
  15. Pray the Mass like it’s Calvary–because it is. Look at his body stretched out, lifeless for you on the Cross. Receive his body broken for you in the Eucharist. Ask for the grace to live a life that’s worthy of that love.
  16. Pray the Mass like it’s the heavenly banquet–because it is. Look for what’s true and good and beautiful. Thank God for the gift of the liturgy.
  17. Go to a church and sit in silence until you just can’t stand it any more. Then sit for another five minutes.
  18. Listen to an Ignatian Meditation. (More here.)
  19. “For everything that has been, thanks. To everything that will be, yes.” -Dag Hammarskjold
  20. When you kneel before the priest in confession, be mindful of the fact that you’re kneeling at the foot of the Cross accusing yourself before the God who hangs dying to save you. Hate your sin but let him love you just the same.
  21. Memorize a Bible verse first thing in the morning. Make it your theme for the day.
  22. Every night, write down every sin you committed that day. Do it until you just can’t take the weight of all those sins, then go experience the sweet release of absolution. After your confession, burn the list.
  23. Pray the Litany of Humility until you mean it. Ouch.
  24. Read Psalm 136, which describes everything God has ever done as being done because of his love. Go through your life from the very beginning and list everything that’s happened to you. Follow each event–good or bad– with “for his love endures forever.” Let him show you how he used every single thing for your good.
  25. Jules Bastien-Lepage’s Joan of Arc. Look at her. She’s attentive and determined but somehow already exhausted. Do you listen for God? Do you act when he says to even if you don’t think you have the strength?

    Meditate on sacred art.

  26. Talk to a friend about your relationship with Jesus. Sometimes talking about God becomes talking to God.
  27. Remember: “[God] will give us feelings of love [toward Him] if He pleases. We cannot create them for ourselves, and we must not demand them as a right. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.” -C.S. Lewis
  28. Read the day’s readings each day. Write down five things you learn.
  29. Some time when you’re not tired, lie down in the sun and try to be still with the Lord. You may drift in and out of sleep but you may also surrender your mind and actually manage silence.
  30. Pray over pictures of starving children. Ache for them as Christ aches for you.
  31. Do something mindlessly physical while you pray–run or crochet or paint a wall. Engaging your body can make it easier to surrender your mind.
  32. Jesus falls the third time. Source.

    Meditate on the Stations of the Cross. Don’t just read the prayers in some book–ponder the prayers, look at the pictures, put yourself in the scene. Walk the Via Dolorosa with your Lord.

  33. Make a list of everything you love about the Lord–who he is, what he’s done, how he loves you.
  34. Pray for an image of your relationship with Christ–lovers, knight and squire, father and child, king and slave, comrades at arms–and learn through that.
  35. When you can’t take it any more, drive to the middle of nowhere and let God have it. It’s not the nicest prayer, but it’s some of the most real.
  36. Hit your knees first thing in the morning and thank God for everything that’s coming at you that day. Think through everything you’re expecting to deal with and thank him for the good, the bad and the ugly.
  37. Offer each day–all prayers and sacrifices and blessings–for a specific person.
  38. Do 15 minutes of spiritual reading. Spend 15 minutes talking to God about it.
  39. If you speak another language, try praying in it. It’s harder to daydream in a foreign language.
  40. Do lectio divina.
  41. Rock out to some passionate praise music–“Lord I Need You,” “How He Loves,” “Amazed.”
  42. Pray some intense hymns–“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent,” “It Is Well,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Come Thou Fount.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3T5WWy-uk0U
  43. Pray some intense poems–John Donne’s “Sonnet XIV,” Francis Thompson’s “Hound of Heaven,” Bl. John Henry Newman’s “The Pillar of the Cloud.”
  44. Do a daily examen.
  45. When you’re suffering, thank God for all he suffered for you. Ask him to use your pain for his glory and the salvation of souls.
  46. “Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Over and over until you mean it.
  47. Pray a scriptural rosary.
  48. Treat the Mass like the sacrifice it is. The whole thing is about Jesus giving himself completely for you, so listen to the readings like a challenge to surrender. Then offer your joys to him when the priest offers the bread. Offer your sorrows when he offers the wine. Offer your whole self when Jesus gives himself to you in the Eucharist. Come out changed.
  49. At the end of the day, talk to Jesus about everything that happened that day. Thank him, beg his forgiveness, ask for strength for tomorrow.
  50. Go through the motions if it’s the best you can do. It’s better than nothing.

Maybe none of these will fit you. I’m writing as an uber-emotional, academically-oriented woman. If you try these–multiple times–and you’re still not feeling it, try something else. Ask your priest, your best friend, the random lady at Mass who seems so pious. Share your suggestions and struggles below. Part of the problem is that we so often don’t talk about any of this so nobody realizes that nobody has it together. Then we decide that we’re just not one of the lucky few chosen to be saints and we settle for the bare minimum–a handful of obligations with no heart.

Christianity is so much more than a list of rules and pious practices, friends. It’s a relationship, a love like none you’ve ever known before. It’s the meaning of life, the God of the universe made man for you. Please don’t be content with empty prayer and an unabandoned heart. Ask for more. He always answers that prayer.

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I’m a Catholic, madly in love with the Lord, His Word, His Bride the Church, and especially His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the Eucharist. I’m committed to the Church not because I was raised this way but because the Lord has drawn my heart and convicted my reason. After 2 degrees in theology and 5 years in the classroom, I quit my 9-5 to follow Christ more literally. Since May of 2012, I’ve been a hobo for Christ; I live out of my car and travel the country speaking to youth and adults, giving retreats, blogging, and trying to rock the world for Jesus.
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Preschool Sunday School Lessons — Prayer (Lesson 1) I Can Talk To God

This Sunday school lesson will help the children know how much it pleases God when they talk with Him through prayer.

TOPICS

Prayer, Pleasing God

AS KIDS ARRIVE (10 minutes)

As the children arrive have them sit on the floor facing you. Ask them to raise their hands if they can think of a way to talk to someone that isn’t in the same room with them. If the kids need help suggest things like phones, letters, e-mails, or maybe even shouting. Then ask them if they have any ideas on how we can talk to God.

WORSHIP TIME (5 minutes)

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BIBLE VERSE (5 minutes)

«Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me!» Psalm 27:7 NLT
Explain to the children that God wants us to come and talk to Him. God wants us to tell Him what is on our hearts and minds. God is a great listener and wants the very best for us. We can talk to God at anytime and in any place.

BIBLE STORY (15 minutes)

Gather the children around you in preparation for story time. After the introduction, read the passage right from the Bible. If possible, use a Children’s Bible so it will be easier for the kids to understand.

Introduction:
Today, we will be learning that God loves it when we talk to Him. Another name for talking to God is called prayer. Isn’t it great that God wants us to talk to Him. How should we talk or pray to God? The Bible tells us in Jeremiah 29:13 that when we pray, God wants us to pray with all of our heart and really talk to Him. 

Read Jeremiah 29:11-13

Discussion Questions:
1. What is another name for talking to God? (Prayer.)
2. How should we pray to God? (With our whole heart.)
3. Does God listen when we talk to Him in prayer? (Yes.)
4. What kind of future does God want us to have? (God wants us to have a happy future and wants us to prosper.)
5. Does God like it when we pray to Him? (Yes, it please God when we talk to Him.)
6. What are some things we can talk about with God when we pray? (Allow for answers.)          

FUN TIME (20 minutes)

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ALTERNATE FUN TIME (10 minutes)

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PRAYER/SNACK (10 minutes)

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Start by praying to God and thanking Him for His loving kindness and for all the good things He provides. We should take time each day to talk with God and sing songs of worship to Him.

CLOSING ACTIVITY (5-10 minutes)

As the children wait to be picked up, talk to them about the many different ways in which we can pray. We can pray when we are standing, walking, kneeling, bowing, or singing. We can pray quietly when we are lying down in bed. We can pray with our hands together or with outstretched arms. We can pray in the morning, before meals, and even at night.

NEXT WEEK

If you yell really loudly, will God hear you better? Come back next week to find out.

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How to Talk to God

Talking to God can seem intangible and ineffective. But with the right strategy and motivation, our prayers are sure to be answered. When I shifted my approach from seeking to offering, I had a whole different experience of communion with the Creator.

As you read on, you will learn a variety of approaches to prayer; why communication with the Divine must be a two-way street; and how to deepen your awareness of God’s loving desire to guide you.

Human relationships depend on regular and loving communication in order to be harmonious. If we only talk with someone when we need something, pretty soon he won’t have time for us or a desire for our friendship. Our relationship with God is the same. We can’t just expect Him to be there when we feel needy; yet sadly, many people wait until a disaster or illness strikes before reaching out to their Maker. This is the first and most fundamental shift that is required. Our relationship with God needs time and attention now.

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There are many types of conversations we can have with God, just like the many types we have with one another. It is said that the two greatest things we can say are, “Help!” and “Thank You!” Gratitude is always the best place to start. Everyone likes to be appreciated, even God, and thanking the Creator for our life, our blessings, and even the challenges which make us stronger and wiser, is an important first step in creating a dialogue.

(More on the practice of gratitude in Give Thanks, Get Gratitude: 3 Reasons We’re Thankful for This Mindfulness Practice.)

Of course, we may ask for what we need, too. But how we ask is important. Can we ask with humility to see what the lesson is in the challenge at hand? Can we ask with openness for an understanding heart, rather than a particular outcome like Solomon did in the Bible? Can we ask with a willing spirit for the obstacles to be removed in us so that we may connect authentically with the Divine Friend? Can we pray for selfish desires to be removed and all veils of ignorance and delusion to be lifted from our minds? These kinds of requests for help achieve true results.

Another beautiful way to communicate is to simply state an affirmation of our intent, like this one from Paramahansa Yogananda in his book, «Scientific Healing Affirmations»:

“I relax and cast aside all mental burdens, allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace and wisdom.”

Additionally, we might offer an intercessory plea for the healing of another, or invoke Divine blessings to protect or guide us or a loved one.

Regardless of what type of conversation we hope to have, St. Paul said to pray without ceasing. This is a literal injunction to make every thought a communication of our desire to know God. We have to prove our commitment, our level of wanting Him to reveal Himself in our hearts, minds and lives. God will not force a relationship upon any one of His children. He is quite patient that way. As Yogananda writes in «How You Can Talk With God»:

“When your heart call is intense, when you accept no excuse, then He will come.»

The yoga master goes on to encourage us to speak with God intently, in the language of our souls. He states that we should remove all doubt and disbelief, and trust that God will eventually respond to us, His divine children. No matter how many times we do not receive an answer, we must rest in a belief that at the right time, and in the right way, the Divine response will come.

Recognizing that dialogue is a two-way street, I could see that I needed to get my busy mind out of the way long enough to hear the «still, small voice» of God. In the same way that I would give my attention to any speaker, I needed to quiet the intellect, stop thinking about what I was going to say next, focus and listen!

I turned to meditation in the tradition of classical yoga, which acknowledges that the Divine is inherent in all creation. I followed the instruction of the Yoga Sutras to focus my thought in meditation on an aspect of Oneness that inspired the most devotion in my heart. For me, this is God’s gentle motherly love. Focusing on this kind of love, helped me access the love in my own heart.

(For information on the Sutras, try The Foundation of The Yoga Sutras.)

Then I offered my love sincerely in both active prayer and the stillness of meditation. In doing this, I felt far more connected. My communication with God changed. I understood that prayer is our time to talk, and meditation is our time to listen. What is amazing is that as soon as we give God the floor, He speaks volumes through our intuition.

Divine intuitive guidance is our birthright. We can know that we are in alignment with it when we feel true peace of mind. Answers to our concerns will be consistent, not variable. Our mind and heart will feel integrated.

To this end, I have learned that if I do not receive a definitive «Yes,» then the answer is «No»…at least for now. I have also learned that if I don’t understand the answer I receive, I should not discount it, but rather move into a deeper state of listening, and wait for clarification. Inner calm is my assurance of God’s presence and answer to my call.

(This includes Listening to Your Inner Voice.)

By maintaining focused attention in our communication and seeking greater understanding rather than self-interest, we can expect a fruitful conversation with God. And if we remember to offer our unconditional love, then joy is certain. Love, after all, changes everything.

What is your current way of talking with God? Do you have a balanced and reciprocal dialogue going? Try on some new communication strategies and don’t forget to say, “I love you.” Everyone likes to hear that!

(Read on in Come Back to Love: Insights and Exercises to Help You Love Again (or More).)

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