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Talking, Praying, Intercession. Jesus My Walk. Jesus Your Walk.
“Hi, again Hope.” it has been a while since I spoke to you because I was busy earning income to pay bills.
Thinking about how I can Hope I thought, Jesus will never be real unless he is having regular time with Jesus. Jesus is real ,the Kingdom of God is real and Jesus said, we cannot say the Kingdom of God is over there, because it lives in our heart. ‘We have covered a lot of material so far and there is so much I need to share with you, but I hope you are digesting what you have received so far.”
“I have been not only digesting I have been putting it into practice.” This has been real for Hope so he added, “My time with Jesus is usually about 3 am after I have had at least four hours sleep.”
“With your time is it easy or difficult because breaking in new habits can be a struggle.”
“The first four weeks were a bit of a struggle, but now after eight weeks I have started looking forward for it.”
“Absolutely wonderful to hear.”
“You are right in what you said earlier, I wake up and then inside me is a joy knowing I was going into the presence of God, into Jesus, Kingdom.”
“Wow! Jesus has taken you seriously and he is working in your heart. If after only a couple of months this has happened, imagine where you will be if you keep going for years.”
“That is my thinking as well. I notice talking to Jesus is natural. In my Church they have a Manual about how to pray. I followed the Manual but the feeling I have now was never there when I followed the rules in the Church Book.”
“When you used the Church Manual your heart was not ready to talk to Jesus, because it should make no different whether you use a Manual on how to pray. The key is a person’s heart and now for you Hope Jesus has given you a heart and you obviously are hearing and obeying.”
“I am sure you are right, so talking to Jesus can be in a room as we do in our Churches or we can talk to God any time.”
“Right you are. I talk to Jesus 24 hours. I never stop talking to Jesus it does not matter where I am. Many years ago I used to switch off and on about praying, now the on is never off, every second, minute, hour, days, weeks I live in the Kingdom of God and it is natural for me to talk to Jesus always.”
“There is a guide I knew about years ago, that Jesus has given us Hendrik and it is basic, I have always read it out in the Church, but this guide has gripped me from my very heart now how I am to talk to my wonderful Saviour, it is:
9 After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.,
I have always recited it in the Church the Lord’s Prayer, but now it has a deep meaning and I know this is how Jesus wants me to talk to him, because it is from his own mouth.”
“Well Hope you are talking like a teacher.”
“You never asked me what I do to earn money I am a teacher in a College.”
“That explains a lot, and I assume you have been teaching in your Church”
” How about sending me an Email with a photo of yourself and I can identify you in my mind, and you know me, because I have photos on the WEB .”
” Hendrik I have already sent it while you were talking.”
“Good heavens look at your curly red hair,” Hendrik had used his second computer to open the Email. “Also your potted face, hooked nose, blue eyes. You have a really nice pleasant smile highlighting your brilliant white teeth.”
“Can you see the second photo.”
“No, there is a cross under the photo that came through.”
“Hold on I will send another of the same photo.”
“Wow! You are tall and huge.”
“Come on Hendrik, huge no I am the correct weight for my height.”
“Sorry Hope I am not making fun of you.”
“I hope so.”
“What is that building behind you?”
“That is my Church.”
“That is a big building, the circular look makes it look like a stadium.”
“Yes the Church leaders wanted the stadium look, so people could sit around and the stage would be in the middle and you cannot see it but the stage is circular with the Orchestra in the middle. So Singers and Speakers could walk on the circular stage.”
“How big is the church membership.”
“Fifty Thousand and the stadium can hold fifty five thousand.”
“No wonder they wanted a stadium. I am impressed.”
“What do you do in the Church?”
“I am the Senior Pastor.”
“Hope I think we should get to know each other a bit better. You have a large field for the harvesting.”
“You are right, but I have felt something was missing in my ministry so the harvest was retarded. I think Hendrik the Lord has sent me into your life to booster my ability for the harvest. I know the harvest is ready. But the harvest machinery has been broken.”
“Great Hope, now I know you better and I want to add a bit more about praying, talking to God.”
“Jesus made a few exciting statements about Faith, Praying and Asking.
- If you ask and you do not doubt what you ask you will receive.
- If you have the Faith of a mustard seed you can move mountains.
- If you ask you will receive.
- If you knock it will be opened.
- If you seek you will find.So the foundation of Asking, Praying is to believe you will receive what you ask for.”
“Hendrik it sounds so simple, but I know most people do not receive what they ask.”
“You are right and in every case they say, “It is not God’s will for me.” ”
“I think that, “Not God’s will,” is a cope out. because Jesus has said if you ask and believe about what you asked for you will receive. Jesus went even plainer about asking:
- Every one who asks will receive.
- Every one who seeks will find.
- Every one who knocks it will be opened.
There are no exceptions.”
“Well, what is the problem?” says Hope.
“You, we, have discovered the problem. Most in the Churches are asking, seeking, knocking, but they have neglected a close walk with Jesus Christ so they do not know what to ask Jesus for.”
“Is it that simple.”
“That means I will make sure I keep my walk with Jesus Christ close.”
“Amen, that is the secret, closer you are with Jesus, the more you will ask what he wants you to do.” Hendrik had a new insight into Hope after discussing, talking and praying.
“I do not think we need to say any more Hendrik. I am sure I know how to talk to Jesus now.”
“I bet you do.”
Next time we will talk about God himself, and we will also talk about Jesus and God’s relationship. and I am sure you are going to find it interesting. I am sure you will never have heard what I say. I will look for an article I put up many years ago it is on the WEB somewhere
is to be an athlete in the Kingdom of God
and run the race that Jesus has given us to do. Knowledge is a key.
“I’m all ears.”
Next time. Hendrik
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