Making Prayer a Conversation


by Drew Williams/ July 16, 2020

Conversations are the fuel source of relationships. However, if those conversations are consistently one sided then the relationship will become likewise. The integrity of the line of communication between two parties is directly correlated with the health of the relationship.When someone isn’t intentionally given an opportunity to present the value they bring to a situation, how can they know that their contributions are in fact “valuable”? The simple answer is, they can’t.

 

As leaders, we strive to encourage our students to have deep, meaningful relationships with the Holy Spirit. In this encouragement, we must emphasize the importance of spiritual communication. This communication can easily be limited to how often we pray, but the Holy Spirit wants to speak to our hearts even more than we desire to speak to Him. With this in mind, how can we facilitate moments where our students can lower the volume of their world, silence themselves, and hear from God?

 

Understanding and Resourcing the Need

If we are not listening for direction and guidance from the Holy Spirit, then our motives are bonded with our emotions. The first step in creating true conversation is relaying the need for it. After we educate on the need, we can resource it by directing our students to the Holy Spirit.

Allowing Time for Response

The Holy Spirit operates in our lives as often as we let Him. If we do not take time in our moments of prayer to allow Him to respond to what we present to Him, then we are selling ourselves short of the support and wisdom He brings.

Reflecting on the Word

 We don’t need to look any further for spiritual guidance than the Bible. Psalms 119:105 says God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. It isn’t always easy to find direct application for what we read, but when we take time to meditate on what we have read and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth that we need, He is faithful to provide.


The very nature of the Holy Spirit is to bring clarity (Psalms 199:130), comfort (John 14:16), and when necessary, conviction (John 16:8). The process of these things being added to our lives is streamlined when we create opportunities for our students to have open communication with the Holy Spirit. If they choose to take advantage of these moments, our students can begin building a spiritual foundation that will always hold strong.