COFFEE WITH JESUS
I’m not a coffee drinker but I often get requests to meet for coffee. When asked, I imagine a crowded coffee spot where everyone is sitting around, mostly not talking. At least here in Los Angeles, many people are there for hours and are regulars. They spend time. They linger. Seems it’s actually more about the experience than the coffee.
That is similar to what my goal is as a Christian—to spend time in prayer—to linger. The times I’ve received my most profound instructions, confirmations, heads-ups, and revelations have been the times I’ve been quiet and lingered—listening…focused…waiting…expecting…
It takes practice to shut down distractions (inside and out) and linger while enjoying the lingering. As we all know, the process of overcoming or becoming great at a thing is the most difficult; but once we’ve practiced enough, we hopefully and ultimately arrive at a place of needing that time—not being there for the “coffee”, but for the experience of Him.
Lingering, spending time, or waiting on and relaxing with God is something we can practice; we can learn how to know Him.
“Be still [relax, let things drop, be quiet, abandon other things],
and know [learn to know, perceive, experience, recognize, become acquainted]
that I am God…” (Psa 46:10 NKJV)
When possible, we’re to go into our most private room/place to spend intimate, uninterrupted time with Him.
“…when you pray, go into your room [chamber, secret room, closet, private room], and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place….” (Matt 6:6a NKJV)
We’re to incline, bend, or extend our ears and hearts to hear God while we wait.
“…give attention [hear, pay attention, listen, humble, stretch out your inner spiritual ears] to my words;
Incline [stretch out, pitch, turn, bend, bow, extend] your ears to my sayings.” (Prov 4:20 NKJV)
While we are listening and in order to hear correctly, we’re to yield and apply our emotions, plans, minds, and hearts. We must exercise the control of our thoughts, quieting them and our natural ears long enough to hear with our spiritual ears.
“Incline [stretch out, pitch, turn, bend, bow, extend]
your ear and hear the words of the wise, And apply [take a stand and put into place]
your heart [inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding, conscience, determination, appetites, emotions, passions] to my knowledge…” (Prov 22:17b NKJV)
Our goal should be to set aside our thoughts, ideas, and to-dos; silence our minds, wills, and emotions; and wait with child-like expectation on the Voice of God.
“Truly my soul [appetites, mind, desires, emotions, passions, activities]
silently waits for God [is still, silent, expecting, confidently waiting];
From Him comes my salvation [help, victory, welfare, health, defense, rescue, safety, wholeness]”. (Psa 62:1 NKJV)
“Coffee With Jesus” Original Post 1/18/19
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