The key to a strong marriage is communication.  However, communication is not just necessary  within the marriage relationship, but it is  necessary in any relationship, especially our spiritual  relationship with God. We may communicate in our  spiritual relationship in two ways: prayer and study.

We need to be a people of prayer. The Bible  is resplendent with the command of communication  through prayer. Paul tells us in First Thessalonians 5:17,  “ Pray without ceasing .” James wrote, “ Confess your  faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye  may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous  man availeth much ” (James 5:16). Daniel knew that  prayer was important. He “ went into his house; and his  windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem,  he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed,  and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime ”  (Dan. 6:10). Jesus must have thought that communication  with our Father was important enough not only to teach  it to His disciples (Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4), but to  practice it Himself (Mark 1:35; Luke 4:42; 6:12). If Jesus  needed to pray, then how much more do we need to pray?  Prayer is the prelude to peace, the prologue to power,  the preface to purpose and the pathway to perfection.

Since communication is a two-fold process, we  should not only communicate to Jehovah through our  prayers, but also allow Him to communicate to us  through His written word. God not only wants His word  read (1 Thess. 5:27), He wants it to be understood as well  (2 Tim. 2:15). Moses gathered the entire nation of Israel  and conveyed the importance of communication from  God (Deut. 5:22, 27). We need to have the conviction  of Josiah towards the word of God:

And the king went up into the house of the  Lord, and all the men of Judah and all the  inhabitants of Jerusalem with him, and  the priests, and the prophets, and all the  people, both small and great: and he read  in their ears all the words of the book of  the covenant which was found in the house  of the Lord . [2 Kings 23:2]

Jesus said in John 6:45, “ It is written in the prophets,  ‘ And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore  that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh  unto me .’” The only way we can learn of God and His  will for us is a daily study of the Bible. This is the only  way we can allow God to communicate to us His desires,  commands and promises for us.

Communication is not sufficient alone, but action  must correspond with the communication. Without such,  communication is vain, and the situation places a severe  strain on the relationship with problems to follow. May  we always communicate with God through daily prayer  and Bible study, and follow our communication with  faith and obedience to the will of God. “ But to do good  and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices  God is well pleased ” (Heb. 13:16).

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