Words evolve. With usage, meanings morph over time. Take GAY for example. Because of its appropriation by the gay community most people don’t use it any more for girls names or in casual conversation. A perfectly fine word that once was used in reference to a lighthearted or carefree person or a showy brilliant color now refers to a homosexual person.
Here’s another word we don’t use much in casual conversation, INTERCOURSE. That’s because it is short hand for sexual intercourse. But the word actually means, “communication or dealings between individuals or groups.” But if you put the two meanings together something happens. You get very intimate communication. And that’s what I realized when I read this quote from Steps to Christ.
Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His Spirit, God speaks to us. But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him. In order to have spiritual life and energy, we must have actual intercourse with our heavenly Father. SC 93.1
God wants something more than He’s typically getting from us. He is longing to have actual intimate, back and forth, two way, deep and meaningful communication with us, His children. How do we get there from here? How do we develop that kind of give and take relationship with God? That’s been the subject of our two sermons on prayer.