Coffee with Jesus

I’ve talked before about prayer, and admittedly it’s something I’m always practicing.

Recently however, I’ve realized that part of the reason it can seem so ineffective, or so dull, is because I lack the ability to listen.

Prayer, when done right, is really more like having coffee with a friend. Most of us don’t go to our local coffee house to just hear ourselves talk- instead, we go to have a conversation. And we all know healthy conversation is much more about our listening skills then it is how much we talk.

Isn’t that the same way we should treat time with our Savior? Instead of making sure he’s heard our point and then leaving his presence, shouldn’t we reserve time to listen to his feedback? Shouldn’t I lean across the table anxious and excited to hear the news he is sharing with me only?


I realize this is so much easier said then done. His voice isn’t audible, his plan not always clear. Which is exactly why I must practice the art of listening- so one day, our time together will look much more life a conversation between two old and dear friends, instead of a one-sided, most self-based conversation.

I have such a long way to go.

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  1. I was raised in a Christian home, with a Jewish father. Starting my religious life in the church of England Sunday school, which was local to our house. By the time I was eight, I would fake being asleep to avoid going to Sunday school, it was the dullist most morbid experience of my life, you did not smile in church and you better not be happy. This is God’s house was the tone.
    Then I discovered an African American bapist church local to us and asked one of the members if my brother and I could go to his church. This adult stranger was very inviting and with our parents permission we attended his church. When the church went on trips, he was like an uncle to both of us. Going to church was joyful and you could really feel God’s presence during our time in church.
    As an adult my religious beliefs have evolved, but I’ve never turned my back on God. Life can be hard at times and that’s when we often beg God for guidance, but don’t forget to talk to God when things are going well. He’s always talking to us even when we can’t or won’t hear/listen 😉

    1. African-American churches are the bomb diggity! Thank you for sharing your story. 🙂 Our relationship will always evolve- and that’s perfectly okay! (We want to grow, right? ;)) Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. I read your post and the first thing that came to mind is this in the KJV 1 Thessalonians 5:17 ” Pray without ceasing”. We need to be in communication with Our Lord and Savior always. We don’t stop talking to those we love when we get up from the table after enjoying coffee.
    But we even talk to loved ones when we are doing the dishes afterwards. This post reminds me to see the Lord God has being concerned about me and wanting to hear from me always. No matter where I am or what I am doing. Love your blog and your videos, keep up the good work.