authentic dialogue

The Lord longs for us to be in constant and “authentic dialogue” with Him. We are His children and like we long for our children to tell us the details of their day, and cringe when they declare “it was fine”, He longs to hear the tiny details from us.

Our daily bread means focusing on our needs today. It means knowing that we only need to be concerned with His provision at this moment (for He will provide), but it also means asking for something as simple as “our daily bread.”

The God we served provided wine for a party, food for the hungry and rest for the weary. Those aren’t great and holy things, they are tiny things that He was beyond grateful to provide.

When I think of a constant dialogue, I think of David. He was a shepherd and alone for most of his day. What did he think about after he was anointed and the Spirit of God rushed upon him. He went back to the fields and I imagine the dialogue began. How else can you explain the Psalms that he wrote, but to say that he was in unending, authentic dialogue with the Lord.

Love the LORD, all his faithful people!
   The LORD preserves those who are true to him,
   but the proud he pays back in full.
Be strong and take heart,
   all you who hope in the LORD. ~ Psalm 31: 23-24

He longs for us to bring our hearts to Him. Not just the prepared and studied parts, but everything that is in them. It is a comfort to me that I can walk through my day conversing with Jesus and knowing that He hears me…and more than that He longs to hear me.

~ thoughts from chapter 16 in Richard Foster’s book: Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home

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