Practical Applications in Communicating with the Trinity

The more I engage in solitude and study with the Master He shows me the utmost need we have for constant communication with him.

So He has lead me to begin an in depth discussion on the ways we can communicate with Him and  some of the benefits to our apprenticeship that can be realized.

Let’s start with BREATH PRAYERS.

Much has been written about breath prayers but here is a take based on my application. Breath prayers are similar to breathing, you breath without thinking and once understood you will begin to pray without thinking in a sense.

I see this discipline more than any other as the catalyst for a  life of  constant communication with the Trinity.  It really provides the groundwork for being in the constant presence of God- which like it or not is our reality.

Brother Lawrence writes: “Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave Him not alone.”

Leave Him not alone– this just brings me to my knees.

My application of this disciplines involves first and foremost the reality that I am never alone. Think about it, if when you are with someone, anyone,  if the majority of time is spent in silence by both of you.   Rude, insensitive to say the least. So of course  there would be communication in the form of one of you speaking or one of you listening.  How about the scenario where one is speaking and the other individual never responds. This perhaps best describes our moment by moment relationship with the Master. No, He is not always speaking but He is speaking to a degree that oft we never listen or hear.

Developing this awareness that He is always in the room with you naturally brings one to a default expressing or receiving response. Now I cannot overemphasize developing the awareness, as that of course is the key.

Now let’s take a step backwards and consider how we develop the awareness. We develop the awareness through having a rock solid trust and confidence in and love for The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

That my friend is an issue clearly between you and the Trinity. We all have a basic understanding of how we develop trust and confidence and love for another. It takes time and experience with another. So if we never take the time with God, we will not have the experience and subsequent trust confidence and love for Him that leads to knowing His constant presence and love for us.

Why would we want to be in constant communication with the Trinity?

For openers look at this:

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4

Most read this and say, “good stuff.”  How sad!  The Bible makes great reading. Sure! BUT… for an apprenticeship it is our instructional manual. You can take every WORD to the bank. So if I take every word to the bank of 2 Peter 1:3-4 my response is to want to NEVER have my consciousness out of His presence nor do I ever want to stop communicating.

In a nutshell BREATH PRAYERS allow me to do this.

What this looks like is a constant responding to my life day by day second by second with “thank you’s”, spoken needs, questions, praises. Every little thing!

As you begin this discipline, please share your experiences with us. It helps move the reality of our With God life forward in a robust and encouraging way.

So what are you waiting for, He has the guidance, direction and discipline for your abundant life waiting in the next breath you take- Here I am Lord-Speak!

georgea

5 thoughts on “Practical Applications in Communicating with the Trinity

  • September 8, 2009 at 9:06 am
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    George,

    Here are my thoughts.

    Better is one SECOND in His Court that a thousand elsewhere.

    I say “His Will, not mine”

    It is surprising how much easier the day to day grind is when you are constantly involved in dialogue with God.

    This is an excellent way to shore up your defenses against the evil one. If Satan’s battle ground is primarily the mind, how much of a foothold can he get if every second is spent with the Trinity?

    None!!!!

    Jim

  • September 14, 2009 at 10:38 am
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    George,

    Thinking about “breath prayers” took me back to a time in my life that I spent as much as 5-6 hours a day driving in my car. It was a time when mobile phones were the size of a football and heavy as a brick. It was also a time that hard wired car phones were not in the budget of a young sales rep. Unless I found a “phone booth” (remember what those are?) for most of the day I was unreachable by everyone ….. that is except God. He and I had some really interesting and long “conversations” as I drove the interstate system.

    We talked about my walk with Him and about other aspects of my live …. my marriage, my children, my work, and my friends. Some of those conversations were extremely animated and even heated…..well, at least from my end. God listened to absolutely everything I wanted to talk about. Before you ask, “so what’s different between that and someone talking things through by himself?”, I need to explain the second half of the equation.

    My talking to God was all about my “breathing out”. The long hours in the car allowed me to “breathe out” everything I needed to unload. And when I was all talked out, those hours behind the wheel got very quiet. It was then that I started hearing God’s responses. It was then that I started “breathing in” the truths He was sharing with me. “Breath prayer” is only effective (and always effective) when we both breathe out and breathe in.

    I know beyond a doubt that those “breath prayer” conversations with God are the foundation of everything good in my life. In the pace of my life today I miss those long hours of conversation with God. I feel like I spend far too much time breathing out today and not enough time breathing in.

    Dean

  • September 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm
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    Dean:

    Looks like you know this discipline well.
    Great post!

  • September 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm
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    George asked me to write this post on Centering Prayer in regard to the Practical Applications in Communicating with the Trinity series:

    Centering prayer, as practiced by Evangelical Christians, is a thoroughly Biblical practice. It does not seek to be centered on the self, the universe, or some esoteric state of being. It seeks to be centered on the triune God through our Lord Jesus Christ. It is true that some have used something called ‘centering prayer’ in order to practice various forms of eastern religion or transcendental meditation, but make no mistake about it, that is not what we are talking about here. It is sometimes a shame that ideas or concepts can be confused with others that have similar terminology. Perhaps, in order to avoid this confusion, the term ‘centering prayer’ can be changed to something like ‘heart prayer’ or ‘focus prayer’ or ‘focusing on Jesus prayer’… In any case, it is not the terminology that is important, it is the practice.

    Centering prayer can be construed as initial prayer or introductory prayer, since it initiates or introduces the worshiper into the presence of God. Centering prayer also readies the soul for other forms of prayer later, such as contemplative prayer, supplication, or lectio divina (sacred meditation on the Scriptures).

    The practice probably has its origins in the writings of John Climacus, an early Christian monk, who wrote of the rigorous application of the Jesus Prayer (ie. “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner”). John Cassian similarly urged practitioners to use a prayer that was inspired by Psalm 69:2. The prayer was “Come to my help, Oh God; Lord hurry to my rescue”. In it, Cassian believed, was all the worshiper needed to express the desires of his heart and to protect him from all evil.

    Today, the practice of centering prayer makes use of a biblical verse or phrase or even sometimes a word that helps put the soul in the proper attitude for worship.

    In my own centering prayer, I make use of rhythmic breathing, a verse, and a short musical tune to begin focus on my devotional time. The verse, of my own compilation, is this “Here I am, Oh my God; Lord, Please have mercy on me”. Here I am (Hebrew; hineni)was what Abraham answered when God called to him at the sacrifice of Isaac. The second part of the phrase helps to focus on the Mercy Seat, the level where God in the Old Testament met with the people (He never met with them on the level of the Law). The rhythmic breathing helps relax my body as I sit in a comfortable chair (back straight, feet on floor). On the inhale is the first half of the verse, on the exhale, the second half of the verse. The verse is sung (not audibly) to the tune of “Breathe on me, Breath of God”.

    I hope this can be of help in your own quiet time, as it has with mine. God gives us the freedom to try different things. Experiment with different passages and different tunes of your liking. Worship time is a time to enjoy being in the presence of God.

    Rick

  • September 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm
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    George,

    Brother Lawrence had it right…

    This quote is from Brother Lawrence “Practice the Presence of God”.

    “That in order to form a habit of conversing with God continually, and referring all we do to Him; we must at first apply to Him with some diligence: but that after a little care we should find His love inwardly excite us to it without any difficulty”

    The point is is that it is a continual dialogue. It is not something forced or done quickly to get it over with. It is a conversation with the One who made you. Just like any other relationship this one must be built on open lines of communication.

    “Ask plainly, simply and frankly and implore His assistance in all your affairs just as they happen”

    God will NOT fail you. It is not in His vocabulary only ours. Only He can “Hinder your falling”.

    Just because He knows everything doesn’t mean that He doesn’t want to hear from you. Tell Him about your day, thank Him for painting the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Thank Him for the glorious tapestry that He wove called Creation. Ponder His providence, tell Him your hurts, tell Him your joys, tell Him your needs and wants, tell Him about every little thing. Ask Him for His instruction in how best to handle EVERYTHING that life throws at you. He understands; He made it. “Ye have not, because Ye ask not” That is His response to half hearted attempts.

    Ask boldly for anything, pray for everything, love everyone and do it with 100% of your being, wait patiently and see what happens. He will not let you down.

    Let Him show you His Kingdom. Ask Him to abide in you. It is beautiful.

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