Participants: Jason Bradley (Host), Dr Nadine Joseph-Collins
Series Code: TMP
Program Code: TMP000001A
00:33 Hello, and welcome to The Missing Peace.
00:36 My name is Jason Bradley.
00:37 Our primary host for this program
00:39 is Dr. Nadine Joseph Collins.
00:41 Dr. Nadine hails from the Island of St. Lucia.
00:44 She holds a Ph.D in Educational Administration
00:47 from the Adventist International Institute
00:50 of Advanced Studies in the Philippines
00:52 but has dedicated herself to full time ministry.
00:55 She has been empowering the prayer lives of others
00:58 in the Caribbean, Asia, Canada, the UK,
01:01 and right here in the US as a presenter on prayer
01:04 for women's ministry weekends and women's days of prayer.
01:09 She is committed to making your prayer life go wow.
01:12 Dr. Nadine is an author and presenter,
01:15 but most importantly a worshiper
01:17 of the most high God.
01:19 Grab a pen and some paper because you probably want
01:22 to take notes on what you're about to learn.
01:24 I'm excited to hear about how you're gonna make
01:28 our prayer lives go wow?
01:30 What are we gonna learn today?
01:32 So today we're gonna talk about
01:34 prayer as communication with God
01:36 or communicating with God
01:39 because it's one of the fundamentals
01:41 of building blocks and actually making
01:43 our prayer life go wow.
01:45 It's that little missing peace sometimes that we have,
01:47 you know.
01:49 So we'll like to talk to them so seriously.
01:51 Other than crazy people, I don't know.
01:53 You see the thing is sometimes,
01:55 you know, I believe nobody likes
01:58 to have conversations with themselves
02:00 like full conversations, you know,
02:02 like questions and answers, rational and defenses,
02:06 and you said like crazy people, right?
02:08 But one time when I worked at the Bank of St. Lucia,
02:10 one of my coworkers said it was okay
02:12 to talk to yourself
02:13 because she was like the banquette industry
02:15 is really stressful.
02:17 Just don't respond to yourself.
02:19 But the truth is I talk to myself quite a bit.
02:21 Do you respond to yourself is the question?
02:23 The thing is I don't, right, 'cause I remember her advice
02:26 but many people view prayer as just that.
02:29 They see prayer as...
02:31 As talking to themselves? Just talking to themselves.
02:32 But not responding to themselves.
02:34 Yeah, that's the thing.
02:35 So this is like, you're on your knees
02:37 or you're lying there and talking to somebody
02:39 that you cannot see or you cannot hear.
02:41 So one of the questions that I frequently ask people
02:44 is praying easy.
02:46 No, it's not.
02:48 It's not something that comes naturally.
02:50 I mean, I feel like I'm talking to myself sometimes.
02:53 Like I used to feel like that a lot,
02:56 but sometimes having a prayer journal helps that
02:59 because you can write down your prayer request,
03:02 what you're praying about.
03:03 I mean you're jumping ahead like episodes ahead of us.
03:06 Oh, really? Yes.
03:08 Look at that...
03:09 So the thing is praying to most people is not easy.
03:13 Most people will actually say it's not easy
03:15 because it's like we spoke about a while ago,
03:17 you cannot answer yourself, or they're saying
03:20 you cannot hear God answering you.
03:22 But the view that we have of prayers
03:25 is what makes it a bit difficult
03:27 because our view of communicating with God
03:30 is usually one way communication.
03:33 It's us just going and talking to him.
03:35 So break it down how it's two way?
03:37 So we're gonna get there, we're gonna get there.
03:40 Oh, I'm rushing it, I'm rushing it?
03:41 Yes, you see the thing is you see,
03:43 we have that one way approach to prayer.
03:45 Where we go to God and ask for our needs.
03:47 Or we go to lay out the things that we actually want.
03:50 We sort of have an ATM approach type communication with him.
03:55 So we go to the ATM and we probably just try to get
03:58 something out of there.
04:00 Or we go to the supermarket to shop.
04:01 So our prayer lives are usually about
04:03 just going and just talking to God.
04:05 So we have that one way kind of thing.
04:07 Now a while ago you mentioned about it not being natural.
04:11 And the truth is many people believe that prayer is natural.
04:14 It's probably not innate.
04:16 But I would like to think it probably is innate
04:19 because the one thing that we do a lot in life is talking,
04:24 and prayer is simply talking to God,
04:28 communicating with Him.
04:30 Now you see on an average psychologists have said
04:33 that women use about 20,000 words a day,
04:37 and men use about 7.
04:38 That sounds about right 'cause at the end of my day,
04:41 I don't feel like talking to anybody.
04:44 So the thing is, I tell women all the time,
04:45 we don't have to feel bad about the fact
04:48 that we use 20,000 words a day.
04:50 We don't have to be embarrassed about it.
04:52 Because the mere fact that we like to talk so much,
04:54 it mean we know how to pray.
04:56 So that's a good thing.
04:58 Ellen White in the book
05:02 Privilege of Prayer in Chapter 11,
05:04 she actually spoke about prayer as talking to God.
05:07 She says, "It's a way for us to pour out our heart to Him,
05:11 that we should meditate on His works," and so on.
05:14 But she said in order for us to commune with God,
05:16 we must first have something to say to Him
05:19 concerning our lives.
05:21 Now think about your friendships.
05:24 When you are talking to your friends,
05:26 you are talking to them about things pertaining to your life.
05:30 That's we call that communication.
05:32 Prayer is really that approach that God wants us to have
05:35 where we see prayer as communicating with God,
05:38 talking to God about our lives, pouring our hearts to Him.
05:41 I'm sure if you may have been hurt about something
05:44 or something exciting happens in your life,
05:46 you'd go and say to a good friend of yours.
05:49 And that's really what praying is about.
05:51 That's what prayer as communication is about.
05:54 I see a lot of people they'll say,
05:55 "Well, God knows everything, He sees everything,
05:58 He knew it was gonna happen before it happened,
06:00 but He still likes to hear from us.
06:02 He wants to hear from us."
06:04 He really wants to hear from us
06:05 because He wants to have a relationship with us.
06:08 If our approach to God or our approach to prayer
06:11 is simply going to Him
06:12 when we want to use an ATM machine,
06:14 or we want to go to Him only when we need to shop.
06:16 There's no relationship there.
06:18 So in other words, people trying to use God like
06:21 He is a genie very much.
06:22 Yes, and that's not what He's really after.
06:24 He wants that relationships.
06:26 And as we continue to develop that relationship with Him
06:29 through prayer,
06:31 where we are talking to Him all of the time,
06:32 that is where our prayer lives will improve.
06:34 That is how, we're trying to get it to go wow.
06:36 Right? Yes, yes.
06:38 So we want to make it effective
06:39 and that's what prayer as communication is about.
06:42 Or communicating with God through prayer,
06:45 and so I remember when I went to Asia to school.
06:51 My dad, I never knew that he was a tech savvy person.
06:55 All I knew is that we used to speak
06:57 to each other on the phone,
06:59 but by the time I got over to the Philippines,
07:01 my dad downloaded ooVoo, he had Skype,
07:05 he was on Facebook, he joined Linkedin.
07:08 He had everything to the extent that I didn't even know
07:13 when Skype introduced video recordings
07:16 until I got my first video recording call from him.
07:20 Wow, and he was, he used, he wasn't savvy.
07:23 He wasn't savvy before that.
07:25 Then when Facebook introduced audio calling,
07:27 I didn't know about it
07:29 until I got my first call from him.
07:31 So the thing is when are interested in someone
07:34 or when we love someone or we want to continue
07:36 to establish a good relationship,
07:38 we will do anything and go out of our way
07:41 to ensure that we do
07:42 whatever it takes to maintain that relationship.
07:45 So we're interested in somebody,
07:46 we follow them on Facebook, we download any app
07:50 that we can use that would help us
07:51 to be able to text like WhatsApp anything at all.
07:55 We will get their phone numbers,
07:58 we will do whatever it takes to have their email address
08:00 anything just to ensure that we maintain
08:03 constant communication with that person
08:06 because we are interested in them.
08:07 And we carve out time from our day
08:10 no matter what's going on,
08:12 we can make time when we're interested.
08:14 Exactly, and we are gonna get there.
08:16 The thing about it is that prayer is that avenue
08:19 that we have with God,
08:20 where we could actually talk to Him anytime.
08:23 We don't need to download any app,
08:25 we don't need a WiFi signal,
08:26 we don't need internet connection,
08:28 we don't need an email.
08:29 We need nothing but it's the relationship
08:31 that we usually give less time.
08:34 Because we are viewing communicating with Him
08:36 differently to how we communicate
08:38 with other people.
08:40 Not recognizing that even though God is who He is,
08:44 He still wants a personal relationship with us.
08:47 He still wants us to talk to Him.
08:49 He still wants us to come to Him
08:50 and pour out our hearts to Him.
08:52 He still wants us to come to say,
08:54 "Lord, I need this, or I need that,
08:56 or I need Your protection or whatever the case may be
08:58 because the focus of prayer
08:59 is not always about asking God for things.
09:02 Yes. And we will get to that.
09:04 So how can we take advantage of the avenue of prayer
09:07 as I like to say two way communication?
09:10 Well, one other things that I mentioned earlier
09:13 with praying and keeping the journal
09:15 on your prayers,
09:17 so you see how God's been answering your prayers.
09:20 And sometimes His no is an answer
09:23 or not getting the answer that you think
09:28 that you're gonna get as an answer to your prayer.
09:31 So you're seeing that, you are taking part
09:34 in that communication process.
09:35 And that's the thing.
09:37 When I did office procedures in school,
09:38 the definition of communication that we learned
09:41 was communication is transferring ideas
09:45 from one person to another,
09:46 to convey information or to initiate action.
09:50 So it's the transmission of ideas
09:52 from one person to another.
09:54 So there's a listener, there's a receiver.
09:58 So in our prayer life is like this,
10:01 we speak and God listens,
10:03 and that's the usual approach that we have one way.
10:06 But an effective prayer life needs two.
10:10 It's God speaks, we listen.
10:13 So many of us are too rushed to be able to hear Him speak,
10:18 so we go to Him and we rattle off our prayers,
10:21 we don't pause to wait to hear what God has to say to us.
10:25 And so any relationship really that's one sided
10:30 where one person does all the talking
10:32 is a frustrating relationship.
10:34 Yes, yes, it is.
10:36 It's a frustrating relationship I think for both parties.
10:38 Now, I am not talking about somebody who is there for dumb,
10:41 where one person could actually speak
10:43 and the other cannot because that way you will do
10:45 whatever it takes to still communicate.
10:47 But most of us just want to have that
10:49 one type relationship with Him.
10:51 One of my friends spent an entire two weeks with a lady
10:55 who spoke Creole, that's French Creole.
10:59 And she only speaks English.
11:01 And I was saying to her, "How did you two communicate?"
11:03 because at the end of her vacation,
11:05 she was like, I had a really good time.
11:07 I was like, "How come?
11:08 What did you all say to each other?"
11:10 They would touch things, point at things,
11:13 they would give some gesticulations,
11:15 actions and so on,
11:17 and they were able to communicate
11:18 effectively for two weeks when neither of them
11:21 spoke the language of the other.
11:23 So when we are communicating two way,
11:25 we will do whatever it takes to speak to that person
11:28 and pause and wait to hear what that person has to say.
11:31 So any relationship at all
11:33 where we just go to one person talking,
11:36 and I've heard people over and over again talk about,
11:38 you know, texting somebody and then you wait hours,
11:41 sometimes days, no response.
11:44 It's a frustrating relationship.
11:47 You're the only one expressing your feelings
11:48 and everything like that, it's frustrating.
11:50 You want to hear something back from the other person.
11:53 In our prayer lives,
11:54 we need to look at it as talking to God
11:57 and as God talking back to us.
12:00 And I think one of the stories I'd really highlight the fact
12:03 that God wants to really talk back to us
12:05 is the story of Job.
12:07 Remember when Job had lost everything.
12:11 His friends came to him, and his friends said to him,
12:13 you know, you should curse God and die,
12:15 and they began to accuse Job of sinning.
12:19 You must have done something wrong in your life for God
12:23 to actually allow this to happen to you.
12:25 And Job is saying to his friends,
12:26 "Guys, I didn't do anything, I've been faithful to God,"
12:29 and they're saying, "No, it's not,
12:30 that cannot be the case, why would you lose everything?"
12:34 And God, and as I read the story,
12:37 it really like, it really shook me a bit.
12:39 God stood there silently for 35 chapters in Job's story.
12:44 He didn't say anything that Job's friends
12:46 would believe that,
12:48 "Hey, Job really didn't do anything."
12:50 He didn't speak for Job, He didn't speak against Job,
12:53 35 chapters.
12:55 And in chapter 38 of the Book of Job,
12:57 God came out and began to lash out
13:00 in a sense at both Job and his friends,
13:02 asking them a bunch of questions
13:05 and it highlights the fact that God actually wants
13:09 to have something to say now a story,
13:11 and sometimes when we are going
13:12 through things like Job went through
13:14 and we are not hearing Him and He's silent,
13:15 we believe that He's not there.
13:17 But He actually has something to say
13:19 because after 35 chapters with Job,
13:21 He came out and He began to tell Job,
13:24 "Where were you when I did this
13:25 and where were you when I did that."
13:27 At the end of the day, God wants to have
13:29 something to say in our experience.
13:31 And if we examined the Bible in general
13:35 and the idea of prayer as two way communication,
13:37 we will see that between God and man
13:40 there is clear evidence
13:41 that God wants us to hear from Him.
13:45 Now, with the story of Job,
13:47 and with any trial and tribulation
13:49 that we're going through,
13:51 we have to sit down and think and ask God,
13:55 "What lesson are You trying to teach me?
13:57 What would you have me learn
13:58 from this trial and tribulation?"
13:59 Because oftentimes there is a blessing
14:01 at the end of the trial.
14:04 It refines our character.
14:05 We go through things for a purpose, for a reason.
14:09 That's true.
14:10 And in our prayer lives, part of the reason
14:13 why sometime God allows us
14:15 to go through things is that in the silence
14:17 we still learn that He's there.
14:21 Now, if two way communication wasn't important,
14:24 you can imagine the story of Noah.
14:27 He and his entire family would have drowned
14:29 because he would not have gotten the instructions
14:30 that God gave in Genesis 6:13.
14:33 Then if we look at the story of Abraham,
14:35 he would have killed Isaac if he was not tuned to hearing
14:38 from God in Genesis 12:1-3.
14:42 Then if we look at the story of Moses in Exodus 3:2,
14:46 he would have gotten his feet wet
14:48 and maybe he and the entire clan
14:49 of the children of Israel would have been killed
14:53 because he would not have been able to hear from God.
14:58 And then we look at Elijah when he was stuck in the cave,
15:00 that's in 1 Kings 17:2-3.
15:04 Elijah would have died in that cave
15:05 if he wasn't tune to knowing what the voice of God was like
15:08 'cause remember God visited him there.
15:10 And we have different stories in the Bible,
15:12 even Paul's story in Acts 9:4-6.
15:17 Even though it was said at the time
15:20 that Paul was a persecutor of the children of God.
15:23 When God spoke to Paul, Paul heard,
15:26 and that is how Paul was able to be converted
15:29 and became the person
15:31 who formally established Christianity.
15:33 So let me ask you this question because you are naming
15:35 a bunch of people that heard from God,
15:37 that recognized His voice.
15:39 How do you get to know God's voice?
15:42 How do you know what you're listening for?
15:45 You see the thing is in order to hear God's voice,
15:47 we need to be in frequent communication with Him.
15:51 Because just imagine when we met,
15:53 I gave you my phone number, you gave me yours
15:55 and either of us called the other.
15:57 At first when I called you,
15:59 maybe I'll have to identify myself.
16:00 Let's say forgetting caller id, I'd have to say,
16:03 "Hey, Jason, this is Nadine."
16:05 But if we continue speaking for a few months,
16:07 a few years and so on,
16:08 after a while when I call
16:10 even though you don't have caller id
16:12 or have my number saved,
16:14 when I call, you'll recognize my voice.
16:17 And so, big part of communicating with God
16:20 is having that frequent communication.
16:23 That is the only way
16:24 you can know the voice of somebody,
16:26 if you speak to them very often.
16:28 And with God it's the same thing
16:30 because the truth is there are many noises in life.
16:34 There are many other voices
16:35 that will tend to want to speak to us.
16:37 But if we want to be able to be,
16:40 you know, decipher that voice.
16:42 Be able to know the difference between God's voice
16:44 and the voice of anybody else
16:46 or anything else we will need to be
16:48 in constant communication with God,
16:50 and that brings us to a text I really love.
16:53 And what's that?
16:54 John 10:27, where it says, "My sheep hear my voice,
17:00 I know them and they follow me."
17:03 You see the thing is in past times...
17:06 I want to touch on that too.
17:07 Before you go on, I got something for that.
17:10 I saw a video, I think it was on Facebook
17:13 of they had a shepherd
17:15 and they had some of his friends
17:17 that came over,
17:18 and the friends started calling the sheep.
17:21 No response.
17:22 The other friend called the sheep.
17:24 No response.
17:25 But then the shepherd called the sheep,
17:27 and all other sheep started going crazy
17:29 and running to the shepherd.
17:31 Yes. That is amazing.
17:33 And I like where you're going with that.
17:36 You see the thing is, you see in times past let...
17:39 There was something called a sheepfold.
17:43 So it would be a set of stones stacked on top of the other
17:48 making somewhat like a rectangular shape
17:50 and it had an opening.
17:52 That opening would be
17:54 where a shepherd would stay at night.
17:57 So that illustration that you just gave.
18:00 These shepherds, let's say 10 shepherds
18:02 would bring in a hundred sheep every night.
18:05 One of these shepherds would stay
18:07 and lie in that door all night.
18:09 So if the wolf or any other wild animal
18:12 or stranger wanted to get in there,
18:14 they would have to cross over that shepherd.
18:17 In the morning time, the other shepherds
18:20 would come for their sheep.
18:22 That shepherd who was guarding the door,
18:24 the porter, would led them in, and they would go in there
18:28 and call out to their sheep.
18:29 So out of 1,000 sheep, a shepherd will go in there
18:32 and his 100 will follow him
18:35 because these 100 sheep know the voice of their shepherd.
18:41 And they would have only known the voice of their shepherd
18:43 because they would have spent time
18:45 with their shepherd over a period of time.
18:49 And so they will be able to distinguish
18:50 the voice of their shepherd
18:52 versus the other nine shepherds and so on.
18:55 And so, "My sheep hear My voice,
18:58 I know them and they follow Me."
19:00 This really is what God wants with us
19:04 when it comes to our communication with Him.
19:06 He wants to be able to see that of all of us that My sheep,
19:09 each of us hear My voice,
19:11 I know them and they want to follow Me
19:13 because in order for us though to know His voice,
19:16 we need to spend that time with Him,
19:19 we need to know the voice of our shepherd.
19:21 We need to be able to distinguish His voice
19:23 from the voice of a stranger.
19:25 And so that is why the 100 sheep
19:27 could go after their master because they know his voice.
19:31 They know the sound of his voice.
19:32 They know the intonations of his voice,
19:34 and they could distinguish that from any other voice.
19:40 The thing about our prayer life is that the purpose
19:43 or really of talking to God is to know His voice,
19:46 but it goes deeper than that.
19:48 It's not just to know His voice,
19:50 but it's to know His Spirit.
19:54 And so how does that come about?
19:55 How do you get to know God's Spirit,
19:57 break that down for us?
19:58 The purpose of knowing His Spirit
20:00 is really to be obedient.
20:01 The thing is, "My sheep hear My voice,
20:04 I know them, they follow Me."
20:06 So when we know His voice
20:08 or rather we talk to Him
20:09 to know His voice, we want to know His voice
20:12 because we want to know His Spirit
20:14 is because we need to know
20:15 when the Spirit is speaking so we can follow Him.
20:19 That's why He said, "They know My voice and they follow Me."
20:24 So the purpose of knowing the Spirit
20:25 is really to bring us to that point of obedience.
20:29 So it's not just a matter of going to Him
20:31 and ask Him things and He blesses us
20:33 which is part of the equation of our prayer life,
20:36 but the larger part of it is to know God's voice so much
20:40 that when the Spirit of God speaks to us,
20:41 we are able to follow Him,
20:43 which is really obedient aspect of our prayer lives.
20:48 So this is really where God want to take us.
20:50 When we follow Him, we are obeying Him
20:53 or we are obeying to that call.
20:55 So the purpose of our prayer lives
20:57 in the big picture is really to be obedient to God.
21:01 Knowing the voice of God,
21:03 being able to listen to the voice of God,
21:05 and obeying the voice of God.
21:08 Which means we also have to spend time in God's Word
21:11 and studying His Word.
21:14 And I know that we are gonna get to this at a later point,
21:17 so I'll just mention it briefly.
21:21 But when we look at Jesus and we see how much He prayed,
21:25 that just shows how much more we need to be praying.
21:29 We have a program just for that,
21:32 looking at the life of Jesus as our primary prayer example.
21:35 You see Paul.
21:37 Paul's story in Acts really kind of like shakes a bit,
21:41 because Paul heard the voice of God
21:45 even when it wasn't clear that he was seeking God,
21:47 but rather persecuting the people of God.
21:50 But he heard the voice of God and he obeyed.
21:54 So just imagine, he was not on the journey seeking God
21:57 but he heard God's voice speaking to him,
21:59 "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
22:02 And he actually says, "Lord, mind you, Lord,
22:07 what are you talking about and so on."
22:09 And God says to him, "Stop persecuting My people."
22:12 And the Bible says, "He turned around
22:15 and for the next three decades or so,
22:17 all Paul did was to travel to preach about that Jesus,
22:21 that Jesus' voice that he heard become what his life's mission.
22:27 So even then it demonstrates again
22:29 the purpose of our prayer life
22:31 really is not just to hear His voice
22:34 but to actually obey His voice.
22:37 It's so important that we obey His voice,
22:39 and it's frustrating when people ask you for advice
22:42 or ask your opinion on something
22:44 and then they do the exact opposite.
22:45 And I see sometimes in people's prayer life
22:50 and my prayer life.
22:51 and other people's prayer life where we can pray
22:54 and ask God for His will to be done,
22:57 or Him to reveal His will to us.
23:00 And then He reveals it to us and we are like,
23:01 "Well, I don't quite want to do that,
23:03 I think I'm gonna go do this."
23:05 That's frustrating, you know,
23:07 why ask if you're not gonna do it.
23:10 It's really true, you know.
23:11 This is a serious point that you've brought up there.
23:14 I have a little spin on it. I remember for sure.
23:16 One time a friend of mine calling me,
23:18 asking me to pray for her
23:21 because she wanted to get a house.
23:25 I ask her, "What was the area that you wanted to live in."
23:28 She told me the area.
23:30 What was the range of rent that she wanted to pay,
23:33 and we went through her specifics.
23:36 I like specificity in praying.
23:38 So we went through the specifics,
23:40 ask what date you wanted God to answer your prayer by
23:43 and we had a date.
23:45 Thankfully God answered.
23:46 She sent me a picture of the house
23:48 in the area and said,
23:50 "None of her friends could actually believe."
23:52 She got the house in that area for that price.
23:56 Guess what? She didn't move.
24:01 What was the reason then for not moving?
24:02 I don't know, maybe she got cold feet or something
24:05 'cause sometimes people are like you said,
24:06 asking God for direction in certain things.
24:09 He answers us, but we're not willing to obey.
24:11 And that is why prayer is really the ultimate goal
24:14 of which is really about obedience to God.
24:16 We had a second incidence as well.
24:18 God answered that prayer on more personal thing.
24:22 God answered it
24:23 and she also backed out as well.
24:25 So I remember saying to her,
24:26 "When you are ready for God to answer prayers,
24:28 then you come and ask me about praying for you
24:30 because I do not want to spend time
24:32 and energy doing that
24:34 and then you do not obey Gods voice."
24:36 Another problem that we have though
24:37 when it comes to that obedient aspect of it,
24:40 is that we first of all do not spend time
24:43 talking to God for ourselves.
24:46 So that's one of the problems that we have.
24:47 We do not want to invest time in our relationship with God.
24:52 So instead there is something I called passing notes.
24:55 We'll just say, "Hey, can you pray for me?"
24:58 We ask somebody else, "Can you pray for me?
24:59 Can you pray for me?"
25:01 To me that's passing notes to God.
25:02 Because I'm sure if the president of America
25:07 or the Queen of England or any world leader would say,
25:11 "Hey, I'm opening my doors every Tuesday,
25:14 you don't need an appointment to come.
25:16 You can come and ask any requests.
25:18 I'm here for the public
25:20 and I am going to go to them for myself."
25:22 Would you give me a note to give to them,
25:25 or will you go and make your request yourself.
25:27 What would you do?
25:28 I go and make it myself, you see, and that's the thing.
25:31 We all have direct access and we have through Christ
25:35 and we have equal access.
25:39 Yeah. And we need to utilize it more.
25:42 So most of us don't do that.
25:44 So we prefer to pass the note to God,
25:47 but we'd not pass the note to our leader.
25:50 We will not pass the note
25:51 to our parliamentary representatives
25:53 because we want to be the ones who bring our case to them.
25:56 But with God we feel very comfortable doing that,
25:59 and so we pass those notes to Him through people.
26:01 Now, the problem with that is,
26:03 if you ask five different people to pray for you
26:06 and each person come with a different report,
26:09 you do not know which of these reports
26:11 are really from God
26:13 because you have not invested time
26:15 getting to know what He has to say to you for yourself.
26:17 You don't know what the voice had to say to you for himself.
26:21 So that's why many reports continue to conclude that,
26:25 you know, poor communication or lack of communication
26:28 is what really destroys many relationships.
26:32 And when we look at our relationship with God,
26:34 poor communication
26:36 or lack of communication with Him is still the thing
26:38 that continues to hinder our prayer lives,
26:41 it's still the thing that continues
26:42 to hinder our growth sometimes as Christians.
26:46 So what I want us to really take away today
26:48 is that prayer is talking to God
26:50 as you talk to a friend.
26:53 You do not need to do all the talking
26:55 because God actually wants to talk back to you.
26:58 Something we need to remember.
27:00 And a purpose of knowing God's voice
27:02 is to know His Spirit and ultimately to obey.
27:07 So I'd like to just say a prayer with us as we close.
27:11 Father, we thank You for the access, opportunity,
27:14 and freedom that You have given us
27:15 to be able to talk to You.
27:18 We thank You for always being there
27:19 and ready to listen to us,
27:21 to hear our cries and to answer our calls.
27:24 We thank You for Your willingness
27:26 to talk to us sinful beings
27:28 and for Your desire to want
27:29 to have a personal relationship with each of us.
27:32 Give us the desire to respond it
27:34 to Your advances toward us,
27:37 so that our prayer lives can take a different flight.
27:40 We pray in the name of Jesus.
27:42 Amen. Amen. Amen.
27:45 Thank you so much for that valuable piece of information.
27:50 You know, honestly my prayer life
27:52 could stand to get better,
27:53 and I believe that everybody's prayer life
27:56 can stand to get better.
27:58 Make sure that you take time to communicate with God
28:02 and make sure you listen to His will for you.