Have you ever been in a relationship where the communication department was lacking? How did that affect your view of the relationship?
There are different ways in which communication can be difficult in relationships. The main issues being not knowing how to effectively communicate, how to communicate in a healthy manner, knowing when to communicate certain things, and so on. The two main things I want to talk about though are the presence or absence of constant and consistent communication.
Some may think that constant and consistent are one in the same, but in fact they do have some differences. Constant just essentially means ongoing. There’s always a line of communication open. Consistent, on the other hand is where the work comes in.
Let’s relate this to our relationship and communication with God. You may be in constant pray with God, OR you could just be constantly in church. When the doors are open, you are there. But are you consistent in the manner in which you speak to God? Are you consistent in your faith that God has the ability to answer your prayers and meet your needs right where and when they need to be met? Is your faith consistent despite the way the circumstances look or the facts in front of you?
The flip side is just was important. You could be consistent in your faith, every time you pray you have faith that moves mountains and can shake heaven, but do you have a constant prayer life, or a prayer life that is open only when you are in great need?
Having the healthiest relationship with God requires you to be constant and consistent. Being constant allows God the opportunity, whenever He sees fit, to introduce new thoughts and ideas into your life, because you’re already there. You’re already at a place to be receptive of whatever it is He says or asks you to do. You’ve built a constant relationship with Him that shows your loyal and willing to die to your flesh constantly in order to please Him. Being consistent allows YOU the opportunity to convince God to bring things to pass in your life that weren’t meant to happen, or that weren’t meant to happen right now. Yes, you can convince God of some things. You have the “power of persuasion” if you will, when it comes to your consistency in God. (Let me take a moment here to iterate that this will require praying within the will of God as He won’t do something that goes against Himself or His Word, no matter how often you beg, plead, or demand it.) There are multiple people in the Bible who are evidence of this fact. In the Old Testament, there was Elijah, who earnestly (consistently) prayed for rain (1 Kings 18-19). He prayed 7 times before the rain came, but it came. Elijah had to take that request to God time and time again, but He was consistent in his believe that God could, and would do it, and he had already had a constant relationship with God prior to this moment in his life. In the New Testament, Jesus tells of the parable of a widow woman who went back to a judge again and again asking for justice against her adversary (Luke 18:1-8). Eventually the judge granted her request because essentially, she was so consistent that she was getting on his nerves.
Jesus told this parable to illustrate how we should go to God in prayer and not give up with the requests we have, as they are in His will for our lives.
Begin to ensure your communication with God is better, because even the “elite” Christians can always develop better communication with God. Start with being constant in your prayer life, dedicate a few minutes at a specific time of day and stick to that. Also be consistent, don’t waiver in opinion for the things you desire from God or want to see done in your life. Read what the Word of God says about it and go over that with God.
Be constant. Be consistent. Communicate with God.