Here are some thoughts on a conversational relationship with the Lord. This is extremely important—quite possibly required. Take it seriously, please. It’s not for nothing that Jesus talked to His disciples in the context of marriage. We are not called the Bride of Christ for no reason.
What Jesus wants from each of us is intimacy. But it doesn’t just happen. You need to spend time on developing this relationship. It’s very much on the level of how you courted your spouse-to-be. Hopefully, the two of you spent a lot of time talking with each other. It was necessary to learn as much about him or her as you could. If it didn’t happen, you need to fix that serious problem.
Be that as it may, it’s clear scripturally that mankind was created because God Almighty wanted an intimate relationship with someone outside Himself. So, He developed an image of Himself [which we know as Jesus, our Messiah]. And then, through this He created the universe as a place for Him to place individuals with the capability of knowing Him and having a conversational relationship. In the creation story, we see God’s pain when they sinned by eating the forbidden fruit. They could no longer tolerate hearing “the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” [Genesis 3:8 KJV]
Some thoughts on a conversational relationship with Lord Jesus
I’ve written about this a lot. In my book, How to Live in Daily Deliverance I have a chapter entitled How to learn & know the voice of the Lord. In The Wife of Jesus there is a 14-page chapter called Hearing from God. It is quite thorough.
But the basic point is that you need to seek and practice. You need to genuinely desire to hear from the Lord and talk with Him. After that beginning, it’s all about faith and practice. Like many things in your Christian walk, it’s not hard to do—it’s hard to believe. But it is a skill you can develop quickly. Start with a simple prayer— something like: Jesus, can you please show me how to hear your voice and talk with you?
Past posts about a conversational relationship with our Messiah
- Faith comes by hearing: https://www.bergsland.org/2008/12/recentposts/faith-comes-by-hearing/ This is a very short explanation of the difference between logos and rhema.
- Finding fellowship in the Bride now: https://www.bergsland.org/2021/11/recentposts/finding-fellowship-in-the-bride-now/
- Knowing Jesus personally in daily living: https://www.bergsland.org/2020/03/discipleship/solid-food/knowing-jesus-personally-in-daily-living/ This is a short explanation of why this is a required part of our daily relationship with Jesus—a sobering thought, eh
- But Lord, Lord…Sorry! I never knew you: https://www.bergsland.org/2011/11/discipleship/solid-food/i-never-knew-you/ This is a more lengthy teaching [nearly 3000 words] about the scriptures where Jesus says, “Sorry, I never knew you.” This really is important stuff. I cover it thoroughly here.
- It’s all vanity…so why bother? https://www.bergsland.org/2009/07/discipleship/ministry-resources/christian-design/its-all-vanity-so-why-bother/ This post talks about how do you choose what you do? More importantly, why does this matter?