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!