Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
It all starts with hearing. No matter where you’re at in your faith journey, you likely began by hearing the Word of God. Maybe it was a friend sharing a Bible verse. Maybe it was a biblical truth that you weren’t even aware came from the Bible. You could have even just overheard something that spoke to you.
God’s Word does something powerful in our lives when we hear it being spoken. Sermons, podcasts, even songs are so effective at moving us when we experience the Word of God. Faith begins here as the Holy Spirit stirs our souls up and we move toward responding to His calling.
God’s Word is so powerful that He says it will never return empty; it will always accomplish His purpose. That’s something when you think about how misused and misquoted Scripture is. Even when we mess it up, God uses His Word to bring about His purpose. It should help us feel a little less intimidated to share the gospel because whether or not we get it right, God works out what He wants worked out.
John 16:24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
How do we connect with God? We hear from Him in the Bible, learn who He is and what His will is, and gain fellowship with Him. But what about our side of the conversation? How does God hear from us?
Prayer is our way of speaking to the Lord and a big part of fellowship with Him. We mainly pray in one of several fashions. Confession is where we own up to our sins before God and receive the forgiveness He’s given in Christ. Petition is the time to ask for our needs to be met (“Give us this day our daily bread”), while intercession is asking for the needs of others to be met. Thanksgiving and praise are vital to fellowship as well. Giving thanks to God for all He’s done puts our hearts in a humble place where we’re more capable of experiencing Him and praising Him.
Without prayer, fellowship with God falters because we can’t even carry on a human relationship without speaking to the other person, let alone a close relationship with the Creator of all things. We wants our attention, our time, our devotion. Talking the time to speak to God serves a key role in our spiritual well-being.