Someone once asked me: “If you could have a face to face conversation with Jesus, what would you talk about?” I was sitting in the driver seat of a 15 passenger van late at night on a long drive to NYC, and the question came to me from a 16 year old girl with the whole van listening.
Certainly many thoughts came to my mind immediately. How about… “Lord, just tell me exactly what your will for my life is and I will follow it…” or… “How can I please you better with how I live my life?” “How can I serve you more effectively?” “Will the Pittsburgh Steelers win another Super Bowl?” Nah… I wouldn’t waste my time with Jesus on a question like that one.
I thought about some of the conversations that other folks had with Jesus once… “Lord, how can I have eternal life?” “How can one be born again?” “I know that when the Messiah comes he will explain all things to us.” How about: “Lord, teach us to pray.” Then there was blind Bartemaeus when Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And he replied, “Rabbi I want to see!” But the truth of the matter is — I would probably be pretty tongue tied… I mean come on… face to face… with Jesus?!
This past week I have spent time talking with Jesus. Now don’t call Huron County to give me a psych evaluation because of course, I haven’t talked with Jesus face to face… but I have talked with him.
I have sought his will for my life, for our church and for our country. I have asked him to intervene in certain situations. I have sought his blessings on those that I love. I have expressed amazement to him of his Nature. On Wednesday night in our church prayer meeting I was privileged to be part of a powerful prayer time with other CAC folks.
While most of us are denied the opportunity to have a face to face conversation with Jesus this side of Heaven, the reality is that we can talk with him whenever we wish. Prayer is one of the greatest blessings that God has bestowed upon his people.
Jesus once said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NIV The teaching is crystal clear, Jesus wants us to ask, seek and knock through prayer — often! There is a mysterious element to prayer because prayer moves the heart of God. There is power in personal and corporate prayer… and we are commanded to do it.
So, if you could have a conversation with Jesus, today… say at oh… 3:15 PM… What would you talk about? Because guess what? You can.