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Communication with Jesus

Yesterday I was reading Gary & Norma Smalley’s soon to be released book – Four Days to a Forever Marriage. Healthy, honoring communication between spouses is a major theme in the text. Both of them are really honest in the book about their struggles to listen and need to be heard. One of their recommendations was to stop talking often to make sure you are comprehending what the other is communicating. Few things feel worse than spending your emotional energy pouring out your heart only and not feeling heard by the other person.

I can only imagine how many times God communicates with us and we do not hear what He is saying. In our relationship with Him, we all bring to the table of our perceptions of who He is and How he feels about certain issues. He speaks to us through His Word. He spoke to us through His son Jesus and the Words of Jesus are His truth.

Tonight while reading from Steven Scott’s book, The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else (Thinline Ed.), I noticed that Jesus often asked questions. Here are a few examples:

Do You Want to Get Well? John 5:6

When Jesus saw him (an invalid) lying there and learned that he had been in this condition a long time, he asked him …

Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat? John 6:5

He asked him only to test him, for he already had in mind what he would do. Philip answered him,” Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Friends, haven’t you any fish? John 21: 5

No, he answered. He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.”

Do you believe I am able to do this? Matthew 9:28

“Yes Lord”, they replied. Then He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored.

What do you want me to do for you? Matthew 20:32

“Lord”, they answered, “We want our sight.” Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes.

What do you think about the fact that Jesus asked questions. I’m excited to learn it because it means His heart is to connect with me personally. Questions require dialogue. Jesus wants to dialogue – with me – and with you. In each of the questions I listed above, Jesus was either teaching or helping or both. He engaged (engages) people for a specific and good purpose.

And Jesus wanted a response. He was not talking to hear himself talk. He was not asking rhetorical questions as He lectured. He was interacting with those He loved for their benefit.

There are so many lessons in here for me. I want to dive into this more (maybe tomorrow’s post). But for now, I want to ask myself and you  –

Am I spending time communicating with Jesus? Or am I just talking to or at Him? Do I desire His feedback and allow Him to ask me questions?

About Jennifer O. White

I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.

2 Replies

  1. Thanks for your post. It helped me to have a light bulb moment on something that is very important to me. Have a great day!

  2. Jennifer White

    Hey Brian – Yay for the beautiful and holy Spirit of Jesus in you that took the words He gave me and used them for you. Blesses my socks off and is an answer to prayer.