Sometimes, when I pray, I don’t have anything to say. I’ve already spoken to God about the concerns on my heart and I know he’s heard me. Yet I still desire to draw near to God, to spend time and interact with him. What do I do?
I let God do the talking. I read, memorize, or think about his words and thoughts from Scripture.
It is obvious that Jesus did this based on his conversation with the devil in the desert (Matthew 4:1-11). How did Jesus know what God the Father’s thoughts were regarding each temptation Satan threw at him? He had spent time in advance reading and thinking about and discussing and reasoning and memorizing God’s Word. It was like eating to him. He desired to interact with his Father more than he wanted food, more than he craved water.
Granted! Jesus was God in the flesh. But the Scriptures teach that he became like us in every way except sin. And I believe this means he was limited (by choice) to accessing God by faith – just like we are (Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:15).
In order to please God, we sometimes think we have to leave everything else and become a monk. But actually that is not what Jesus did. He was very involved in the world around him. He was current with events. People were the focus of his ministry.
And yet, the key to his ministry was that Jesus made it a priority to steal away from the crowd – to have alone-time between himself and the Father. Sometimes it was an overnight camping trip, sometimes it was a few minutes between events, sometimes it was an early morning appointment. But at all times it was a life focus – a heartfelt commitment – a compelling hunger to think God’s thoughts after him – so that he might please the Father in every area of his life.
SO COME BE LIKE JESUS. Take time to draw near to God and let him do the talking.
Bible Reference Alley:
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. Psalm 42:1 NIV
Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:31-34 NIV
After three days they found Jesus in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. “Why were you searching for me?” he asked (his parents). “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Luke 2:46, 49 NIV