I have been thinking a lot about my priorities. I have been asking a lot of questions about my prayer life. What is a prayer life? The Bible defines prayer as ‘talking to God’. Is it really that simple? We just talk to God? So a prayer life is just talking to God all of the time. Sounds pretty simple to me. Then I ask why don’t we do it?
1) I admit I am on Facebook way more than I really should be. It is my main line of communication. With the advent of social media, many of us talk to our friends constantly via Facebook, Twitter, texting, Skype, and let’s not forget the the old fashion phone call on a phone that costs more than some people in third world countries make in a year. When it comes to God, Abraham was called God’s friend. So if we are sons and daughters of Abraham, it makes sense that God is our friend. So why don’t we put all that technology aside and just talk to our friend?
2) Unless you are a trust fund baby, at some time in each of our lives, we have had at least one boss. A boss and employee must communicate to each other so that the necessary work is completed. 2 Timothy 3:17 says “. . so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God is our boss or master and we are his employees or servants. So, why don’t we talk to our boss?
3) I love having Skype. Wow! What a great tool. I can now talk to my mom and dad a lot more often without running up the minutes on my phone. There are weeks I talk to them nearly everyday and usually about nothing at all. I just want to talk. If God is our Heavenly father, why do dome people wait until Sundays to talk to him?
4) One of the most important relationships many of us have or have had, is our relationship with our wife or husband. I have several friends that are in a marriage where the husband and wife talk about EVERYTHING. I mean everything, from their fears to their quirks. Every facet of their lives is an open book to their spouse. Christ called himself the Bridegroom and we are his bride. We long for the day we are united with him, but does that mean we don’t communicate with him, that we don’t tell our bridegroom our fears, our joys, victories and failures?
5) I have been awed by the number of my friends that have had to seek medical advise and intervention for a variety of mild to extremely serious ailments in the recent months. I myself have had to face medical issue after medical issue this year and am facing a new unknown. We all go to the doctor for medicine, for healing. Through out the Bible, there are numerous accounts of God healing the sick and lame. If God is the Great Physician, why are we not talking to our doctor?
6) Everyday through work, school and even shopping, we encounter people from a variety of different facets of life. Many of these people are struggling in areas that we can not begin to fathom. In Matthew 25:40 Jesus tells us, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ If we just took the time to talk to the people God brings in our lives, we are talking to God.
7) I don’t know about you, but it seems these days that the instructions that come with anything marked as ‘Some Assembly Required’ are either in some foreign language or stick drawings made by some caveman. These companies think we all have degrees in engineering and should be able to assemble a particle board entertainment center with our eyes closed. I have, more often than I care to admit, have had to call tech support to help me through a particular difficult part of the instructions. How often do you ask God for the instructions? When it comes to our own lives, God told us in Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.“ And in Psalms 25:12 “He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.” So when it comes to knowing how to put our lives together, we are to lean on God and not ourselves. God is our tech support. Should we not be talking to him to make sure things are put together the right way?
All of these people; Friends, bosses, family, spouses, etc. take up our day. We talk to people all day long.
Are we talking to God all day long?
So, what does your prayer life look like?