Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, 'Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.'
Want to get to know God better? You may need to change the way that you pray!
Remember, you're not trying simply to learn more about God, you're trying to know Him better on the personal level. Learn to have conversations with God - just like Jesus did, speaking naturally to His Father in the middle of this event!
Resist the urge to let your prayers be just a shopping list of things you're reciting, that you hope God will do for you. By all means bring your requests to God, but learn to make your prayers much more than that. Learn to be responsive to God. When God speaks to you in the Bible, interrupt your reading and respond to Him. When God speaks to you through someone's preaching, immediately respond to God in your heart.
All other kinds of prayer originate from us (request, praise, intercession), but responsive prayer is completely relational. It is you responding to what God is saying and doing in your life.
Learn to start your day in a conversation with God. As you wake, say, "Good morning Lord!" And then carry that conversation throughout your day. He's always listening.
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