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“Most conversation between God and humans is to help us understand things.”

A thought by Dallas Willard (2012-04-24) from his book, Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God (p. 39). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)

Such a tremendous privilege and such a tremendous opportunity.  I get to have a relationship with God which in turn means I get to communicate with him and he communicates with me. 
Now in this matter of communication with people understanding is a very important thing to me.  It is not imperative to me to have people agree with me as much as it is to have them understand.  Do you understand what I mean?  Now in this context you can’t answer me back.  This is not a conversation and most prayers are all one sided.  That is not God’s fault but our understanding of prayer is the problem.  Prayer is not to be one sided but to be a conversation.  But this matter of God talking back to us can be a problem.
I like something that Dallas said, “‘Why is it,’ comedian Lily Tomlin…

“A mere benefactor, however powerful, kind and thoughtful, is not the same thing as a friend.”

A thought by Dallas Willard (2012-04-24) from his book, Hearing God: Developing aConversational Relationship with God(p. 26). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Right before this thought Dallas says, “Sometimes today it seems that our personal relationship with God is treated as no more than a mere arrangement or understanding that Jesus and his Father have about us. Our personal relationship then only means that each believer has his or her own unique account in heaven, which allows them to draw on the merits of Christ to pay their sin bills. Or possibly it means that God’s general providence for his creation is adequate to provide for each person.”
But then he says, “But who does not think there should be much more to a personal relationship than that? A mere benefactor, however powerful, kind and thoughtful, is not the same thing as a friend. Jesus says, ‘I have called you friends’ (John 15:15) and ‘Look, I am with you every …