Wednesday, September 11, 2013
How to Draw Nearer to Christ-- Talk to Him
This artwork is by Chris Young and can be found here.
So, if we're reading the Bible more, we'll be getting to know Jesus better.
Next, is the idea that if we want to KNOW someone, we need to TALK with that someone.
Can you imagine calling someone your best friend if you never ever speak to them?
In our prayers, we address Heavenly Father, in the NAME of Jesus Christ, right? Because He is our intecessor, He allows for the connection to our Father be sealed in HIS name. In 3rd Nephi 18:19, it reads, "Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name;"
It is a commandment to pray. Since Heavenly Father and Jesus are one in purpose, we know that which we say to our Father, the Son hears also.
But what about actually talking to Jesus?
Where does that fit? How can someone be your truest, dearest and most close friend if you don't talk to Him?
I'm not suggesting that we change our prayers to address Jesus, since we know that is not the commandment. No. But I am suggesting that in an informal, albeit respectful way, that we talk to Jesus.
The Brother of Jared, in the book of Ether talked with Jesus, face to face. We know that his faith was so great that Jesus could not remain hidden from him.
Ether 12:39 says, "And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things;"
Can our faith be so great that we can talk to Jesus face-to-face? I wish it could be. But in the meantime, while we are attempting to become as faithful as that, we ought to include Jesus in our thoughts and conversations.
Recently, I was having a difficult time coping with life. I was going through (honestly, somewhat still am) a very difficult trial. I found that when my thoughts turned to pain and sadness, if I simply turned to my Savior, if I said, in my heart, mind or even outloud, "Lord, I know You know what this feels like. I know You are here. I ask for comfort," that it was given.
It isn't the same as an official "prayer", it's more intimate, more personal, and more about knowing Christ personally.
Again, I ask, how can you have a personal relationship with someone you never talk to?
It will be feel a bit awkward, at first, to try and incorporate such thoughts and small prayers into your daily routine if you're not used to it, but practice. Thank Him informally for beautiful things, for blessings, for bits of grace throughout your day.
Before long, you will KNOW Him better because you will see Him in EVERYTHING.
It doesn't have to detract from you formal communion with Heavenly Father; it isn't about taking away from that at all. It is about creating a line of communication with He who knows you and He who saves you.
Talk to Him. Make Him a part of your every day. In the most sacred way, He will become the most important part of your life.