How do we communicate with each other on a daily basis? There are a lot of ways — we can use the internet, we could write a letter or a poem if our message is very personal, or we could simply call or text each other.
If I wanted to talk to you (or you, or you, etc.) can I just dial any random number and expect to be connected with you? Nope! I’ve got to remember and dial your particular number to reach you.
How do we communicate with God? We can read the Bible and we can pray.
Just like calling someone with our phone and needing to know their number, can we pray to anyone or anything and expect God to answer that call? Nope. We need to dial God’s number — what do you think that might be?
Let’s look at Romans 10:12-13 (NLT): “Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” So what’s the name of the Lord? JESUS. If we call on Jesus, we’ll get connected to God. How do we know this? Consider John 14:6 (NLT) “Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.“
We learned through our activities tonight that messages can get distorted or confused. What keeps us from communicating clearly and effectively with God?
Look at Romans 10:9-10 (NLT) “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” We can talk to God with our mouth and our mind and say all sorts of nice things, but what part of us makes all the difference in communicating clearly so that it makes a difference in our lives? OUR HEART. We need to believe in our hearts that we are made right with God.
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
These verses remind us that we really communicate effectively when we believe on God with our hearts — not just our minds or by what we say. Our hearts are what we use to make choices and decisions — to obey God or to do what we want to do which, sometimes, can be opposite of what God wants. Additionally, the verses conclude that we should tell other people how they can reach God, too. If they don’t know “His number” (JESUS) then they probably can’t reach Him when they need Him the most.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 reminds us again;
“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Remember that we have the ability to talk with God through prayer. When we seek to talk with Him we need to believe with all our heart that He’s there, He’s listening, and He cares about what we have to say as long as it is honest and from our hearts — what we really believe. It’s also important to share “His number” (JESUS) with those who are trying to get in touch with Him — if they believe in their hearts then they can reach Him, too.