Communicating Well

by Pastor Billy Chidester
Communication is one of the most important disciplines in life. I call it important because communication is what makes or breaks relationships. I have seen that faulty communication has caused great problems in my marriage, in my relationship with my kids, in relationships at church, work and school. The list goes on and on. Why? Because wherever we go we engage in relationships. The same is true in our relationship with God. Faulty communication and lack of communication will always spell disaster in our relationship with God. In our relationship with God, as well as our relationship with everyone else, communication takes practice. What I would like to do now is give you just a few practical thoughts about your personal communication with God (i.e. pray).
First, start your day with prayer. Make prayer the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up. What if you don’t do your quiet time until later in the day? The first thought remains the same. Start your day with prayer. Make the first thing you do in the morning be communion with the One who woke you up. You don’t have to pray for an hour. Just take two minutes. 
Second, make your first prayer a prayer of praise. This may seem simple, but I believe it isn’t as easy as it sounds. For one, we are more accustomed to asking God for something than we are giving Him something. To go along with that, we tend to be selfish and petition God. So, start by praising God. You may say something like this: Good Morning Father. Praise your Great Name today.
Third, pick two or three verses of Scripture to personalize in a prayer to God each morning. For example, consider learning John 15:5, which says, “I am the Vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.”  This is a verse that I personalize daily. You may say something like: Good Morning Father. Praise your Great Name today. Lord, apart from you I cannot do anything today. You are the vine and I am a branch. Help me to remain in you today Lord Jesus. Some other scriptures you may consider personalizing are Luke 9:23, Galatians 2:20, Romans 12:1-2, Micah 6:8 and Joshua 24:15. There may be others that you would like to memorize and personalize. Let the Lord lead you.
Fourth, if this is something new for you, then give yourself a reminder. Use your phone’s alarm app to remind you or leave a reminder on your night stand. 
Fifth, and finally, give it time. If you do this consistently and daily for long enough the Lord will change your life and your attitude. I don’t mean your life will be easy or that you will always feel like it. But this is one way for you to deepen your relationship with God. 
There is no greater way to begin your day than with a prayer of praise to God and praying His word back to him. Healthy communication takes time and practice but it is always worth it. In your relationship with your spouse and your kids it will always reap dividends. In your relationships at church and at work it will always take you to a new level. In your relationship with God, you won’t regret the time and energy you put into learning to communicate with Him. You won’t be disappointed.