6 Lessons I Taught my kids about Prayer & the Holy Spirit
These can be pretty tough topics to grab ahold of, even for adults. So when I talk about these issues with my children, admittedly, it’s kind of for me too. Bringing the conversation to a simpler form is what I do to help lay a foundation for their faith to grow on. Growing up, I never really grabbed ahold of any foundation, so it’s good for me as an adult to sometimes take a step back and really be planted in my understanding.Maybe it’s his age, but my son’s been asking a lot of questions about God, among many other things. While driving, he began asking what it means to “hear” God. I could tell what he was tying to get to, but couldn’t articulate. So, I told him “you know, sometimes I feel like I’m talking to the clouds and God can’t hear me”. I told him this because I wanted to let him know that I too understood from experience what he was trying to say. Also, I wanted to confirm that what he was feeling was something that’s ok to talk, and be honest about.
He was happy to admit he feels this way too. I told him that when I feel this empty feeling, it’s usually a reminder, to me at least, that I need to draw near to God; that I’ve drifted too far away. I need to shut off the TV, phone, computer or at times even my own thoughts. I have to hide away for a stretch of time and reconnect with Him.
I explained that having a relationship with God is something that we should work at. That it’s just like anything else we choose to be intentional about in our lives, it takes effort. The remainder of the conversation was a weaving of questions and answers that went something
- Praying is not just about asking God for stuff, it’s honest conversation about our feelings too.
- Just because we can’t see Him doesn’t mean He’s not there. We don’t deny the wind even though we can’t see it.
- If you’re struggling with feeling His presence, then tell Him that. He already knows how you feel. Talking candidly with God is how you invite Him in, and how you begin to develop a bond.
- Sometimes it hard to get out of our funk and sit still, alone and quiet with God, but if that’s your desire (to feel His Holy Spirit) then it’s something that we have to practice doing. I totally get that this sounds odd. How could doing nothing be so hard? Well, sometimes the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
- Don’t let thoughts from the enemy creep in and convince you that God doesn’t hear your, or want to speak with you.
- God doesn’t come to everyone in the same way. You may never hear His voice, but that doesn’t mean He’s unable to communicate.
So, if you’re struggling to find connection with God or hearing His voice, I want you to know that you’re not alone. God isn’t calling on the phone leaving messages, it’s not like that. But, you should know that God is not limited to just words, sometimes we have to “listen” with our other senses. Sometimes, He speaks with perfectly timed words from others, sometimes it’s in a song at the right moment. Still other times, it’s the sense of knowing He’s in the room with us, or that peace you feel in chaotic situations. God does speak, He does move, but often we have to quiet ourselves and learn to identify His presence, His Holy Spirit, in new and different ways. We have to cultivate our senses so that we many encounter that still small voice that is God.