Welcome to the deeperChristian Podcast, Episode 5—this is the podcast to help you study God’s Word, know Jesus intimately, and discover how you can build your life around Jesus Christ. In this episode, we are continuing our mini-series on five ways to grow in your spiritual life—with a focus on prayer and obsession.
As Christians, we understand that prayer is important in our lives—but what IS prayer? Is prayer merely giving a list of our desires to God, hoping that He’ll one day meet our every request … or is it something more?
While we will continue to talk about prayer more in-depth in future episodes, let’s go to a basic understanding of what prayer is: talking with God. In its most simple form, prayer is merely a conversation we have with the God of the Universe. It’s not merely talking to God, nor is it simply doing nothing and hoping to hear His voice—it is a conversation. And just like a conversation with a best friend, prayer is both talking AND listening.
In today’s podcast, I want to give you a key concept concerning prayer that has radically changed my life.
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Episode 005 Overview
In this episode, we continue our series looking at the third pillar of spiritual growth: prayer. You will learn …
- That prayer is more than merely talking with God
- What Paul means when he commands us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
- Why obsession is a good thing and how it can deepen your intimacy and relationship with Jesus
- How you can begin to form the habit of practicing God’s presence and continually invite Jesus into the everyday moments of your life
- How even green beans can cause you to focus more on Christ and increase your intimacy with Him
- 3 simple ideas to help you get started talking to Jesus
Show Notes / Additional Resources
In this episode we mentioned the following:
What Jesus is supposed to be in our lives:
- the word upon our lips
- the single thought upon our mind
- the delight of our heart
- the ache of our soul
- the tune of our song
- the drive of our life
- the focus of our eye
- the excitement of our day
- the flow of our life
- our sole attention
- our center
- our consuming passion
- our life’s strength and resource
- the depth of our being
- our everything!
3 Simple Ways to Start Talking with Jesus
Have set times of prayer. While I want to talk with God all throughout the day, having set times of prayer is important. I want purposeful time to focus upon and converse with Jesus daily.
Find your own trigger. Think of a way to establish a habit of turning your mind upon Jesus. Whether you set a timer on your watch, use door knobs, or think of some other method, develop the habit of reminding yourself that Jesus lives inside your life, and thank Him for such an incredible reality. Allow that habit to expand so you are involving Jesus in your life moment by moment.
Pray God’s Word. As you come to God’s Word, use it as a way to talk with Him. Ask Him (the Author) what His Word means. Declare the promises in your prayers and ask Him to develop the life of Christ in you.
Other Great Resources To Go Deeper
- Book: 5 Pillars of Christian Growth
- Book: Brother Lawerence’s The Practice of the Presence of God
- Book: Brother Lawerence’s (abridged version, and the one I recommend) Practicing God’s Presence
- Check out the deeperChristian article on Obsession
Great Quotes In The Episode
Andrew Murray’s favorite hymn “Moment By Moment”:
Moment by moment I’m kept in His love,
Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
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The difficulty with podcasts is that they are one-sided—so each week I ask one question for you to participate in the conversation. Head over to the deeperChristian Facebook or Google+ page to leave a comment and join in the conversation. This week’s question …
Question: What is your current “obsession” and how would your life change if Jesus replaced it? Leave a response or ask a question and we will try to address it in a future episode.
About NRJohnson & the deeperChristian Podcast
NRJohnson (Nathan Johnson) is a Christian who has an overwhelming passion for Jesus, the Gospel, and Studying God’s Word. He is a writer, teacher, and communicator who helps other believers understand and apply the Bible as they grow and mature in their faith—desiring that they gain greater intimacy with Christ, experience the victorious Christian life, and transform the world through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Read more about him here.
The deeperChristian Podcast helps Christians study the Bible and know God’s Word, grow in their spiritual lives, and change the world. This weekly audio program, hosted by NRJohnson, dives into Scripture and encourages Christians to keep their focus upon Jesus Christ. Main discussion topics center around practical advice on Christian living, Bible study, prayer, the Gospel, freedom from sin, evangelism and how to share your faith, the Christian disciplines, and the lives and messages from the Christian heroes from yesteryear such as A.W. Tozer, Charles Spurgeon, Major Ian Thomas, Oswald Chambers, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, Corrie Ten Boom, C.T. Studd, George Müller, Andrew Murray, Leonard Ravenhill, E.M. Bounds, and others. Learn more about the deeper Christian life.