Of all the things we do today, getting in touch with the LORD is paramount. It may–and should–set the tone for our entire day!
The LORD is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
Calling on God should become second nature to His children. We pray to God in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. Not only does He hear us, we have the Holy Spirit praying for us, as well (Romans 8:26)! Let’s look at some verses that help us understand the process:
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
This verse is known as “God’s Telephone Number.” The triple 3’s can be associated to the Trinity. It’s God’s invitation for any and all of us to join Him in a conversation. This conversation doesn’t need to end, either. It’s an open line to Him. All we have to do is access it.
John 16:23 “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
Jesus was directing their attention to the Father. Why would He do that?
John 16:26-27 “In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”
The Father loves them because they believe in His Son. But, wait, there’s more:
John 16:25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.”
How does Jesus tell us plainly about the Father? THROUGH HIS SPIRIT!
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26
26 “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me.” John 15:26
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.” John 16:13, 15
How is it that the Spirit knows so much about God?
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10:11
It gets better:
16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
I am not saying that there is a formula for how to pray, or a hierarchy to Whom we pray. In fact, the Trinity is so completely unified that we can pray to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit with equal confidence that our prayer will be heard and answered! His answer may be just His presence and participation in our lives, or it may include a miraculous answer. We don’t know and it’s “above our paygrade,” so we simply trust Him.
Our assignment is to link up with Jesus and spend the day with Him. You will notice that much of this post is Scripture. There’s a reason for that: IT’S HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH HIM AND HE WITH US. Informed prayers come from informed Christians. READ HIS WORD!
Abba Father, I pray for my readers that they would make time for You today reading Your Word and addressing You with their adoration, their needs, their concerns about lost people in their lives, and enjoying Your love, joy, and peace that You are waiting to give us–in fact, they emanate from Your sheer presence! I know that when I sense Your love, feel Your joy, and rest in Your peace that I have a sense of calm and direction, and Holy Spirit, I sense Your presence; I KNOW that You are with me! There is no safer place to be nor a more substantial feeling. I look forward to it all day and again tomorrow, LORD Jesus. Thank You for living in my heart. Amen.