Conversations with God
What would happen if you applied what you were learning about coaching to your conversations with God?
Does your mind wander when you pray, read scripture, or ask God to speak with you? I know I cannot be the only one who does not always get the greatest benefit from my time alone with God. Applying the principles of connecting-to-the-heart coaching can bring great rewards to conversations with God. Try these:
- Good coaches prepare for a conversation by consciously refocusing their thoughts from self-interest to the one with whom they will be talking.“What is most important to this person?” Good coaches listen to and seek to clearly understand the desires of the one who is speaking.
- Good coaches ask probing questions.Because this conversation is so important, it requires patience, curiosity, and empathetic listening. Probing the desires of the one listened to can give profound insights. Our spiritual guide – the One sent to guide us into all truth – gives us confidence and freedom. So, we ask: “What did God just say to me?”
- Good coaches explore the value of “what could be and should be!”When you are clear about what you know is God’s will, do not rush past it. Focus on it from different angles. Mediate on what it would be like to live in the fullness. Allow the value of God’s best and the high-cost of missing God’s best to stir fresh passion in your soul.
- Good coaches know there’s always a next step.Don’t settle for a “nice talk.” Be highly specific about what you will do as a result of what the God of the universe has just said to you.
Conversations that connect to the heart, change lives. God said, “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:13
Developing the conversational skills that connect to the heart can transform relationships at home, in ministry, at work, and among friends. Reach out to Vision Ventures to find out how our team can assist with these conversations.