Conversations with Jesus

Sometimes when I’m talking about prayer with a group of people I’ll say, “So, prayer can be defined as talking with God, right?” And people often nod. Depending on where the group is.

Then I’ll say, “So, is Jesus God?” And when I’m having this conversation, most people will say “Yes.”

And then I’ll say, “So, when we read about people talking with Jesus, in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, they are praying, right? When the woman who was getting water talks to Jesus about religious differences between the Jews and the Samaritans, that was prayer? And when Martha tells Jesus to make her sister help with the chores, that was prayer? And when the teachers of the law asked Jesus questions or argued with him, that was prayer?”

And usually people start to look confused. Because that’s not prayer, that’s conversation. But the reasoning is sound. Prayer is talking with God and Jesus is God.

Maybe it feels a little informal or too familiar. Maybe we are missing the opportunity to see the person we are talking with, like Martha did. But if we are wanting to learn to talk with Jesus, looking at all of these conversations as prayer might help us learn how to converse.

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Awhile back, I posted a video about using feasts as a way to approach reading the Bible. With a holiday weekend coming in the US, taking a look at reading and feasting may give you some ideas of how to incorporate new ways of understanding the text into your living.

 

 

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.

2 thoughts on “Conversations with Jesus

  1. Interesting, because that’s the ONLY way I can pray. I’m pretty sure most folks would classify my “prayers” as something else because prayer is “supposed to be” more formal or structured. At least that’s the sense I get when I read comments like yours above.

    As I read the gospels, Jesus’ followers always saw Him as a friend, wearing normal clothing, walking and talking with them. That’s prayer for me. I wish we didn’t try to make Jesus less accessible.

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