Sorry for the delay in posting. My internet and cable have been out at home since Friday and it is now finally up and running. Yay!
This had me thinking about how dependent we have become on the internet for communication, how lost we can feel without it, but at the same time how liberating it can be without it. I can remember the days of the rotary phone, putting your finger in the holes to dial, turning the dial, and listening as the rotary dial spins around.
Many years ago it was common place to write and send a handwritten letter to family and friends. Then came the internet and everything changed. Nowadays people send out e-invitations, e-cards, e-everything. I’m happy to see that cards and letters have been making a comeback but now it has become a specialty and not the norm. Look at the struggles the U.S. Post Office has been going through. That’s a pretty good indication of the decline in handwritten letters.
How do we communicate with each other? Is it a phone call, text message, e-mail, or a handwritten letter? Is it the norm or only on special occasions? How often do we communicate with God? Is it the norm or only on special occasions?
The letter cannot reach it’s destination without someone to get it there. The phone call or e-mail cannot reach the person on the other end without having a phone or e-mail service to get it where it’s going.
If the phone line is broken or the e-mail service is down. There is no access to these services. Is our communication line with God broken? Is it in need of repair? How can we fix it? Jesus is the best one to answer those questions. Let’s see what He has to say about prayer.
Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.Matthew 6:9-13
The first thing we notice is “Our Father.” That speaks of an intimate, personal relationship with God. That can only happen through Jesus Christ.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.1 Timothy 2:5-6
I really like this outline that John MacArthur illustrates regarding this relationship:
When outlined from the perspective of our relationship to God, we see: Our Father showing the father/child relationship; hallowed be Thy name, the deity/worshiper; Thy kingdom come, the sovereign/subject; Thy will be done, the master/servant; give us this day our daily bread, the benefactor/beneficiary; forgive us our debts, the Savior/sinner; and do not lead us into temptation, the guide/pilgrim.
The Lord’s prayer is an example, an outline for us. The focus is on God not on us. His glory not ours. When we seek His will we are aligning to His will not our own.
If you do have a connection – is the connection only once in a while or on special occasions (Easter, Christmas, Sunday Service)? If it’s the norm, we should be praying all of the time.
pray without ceasing,1 Thessalonians 5:17
As followers of Jesus Christ our prayer life should be like the blood flowing through our veins, it doesn’t stop. If it stops, we are dead, disconnected. The same can be said about reading and studying the Word of God. Both are extremely important in our walk as Christians.
I pray that you be connected to our Lord and Savior – Jesus Christ – through prayer and the Word of God, and that the connection be one that is constant and without interruptions. Be sincere with the Lord. He is waiting for your call.
If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the lines are cut, there is no connection. If you aren’t connected but want to be, this would be a good place to start –
…spiritual transformation. According to Scripture, true believers follow Christ (John 10:27), confess their sins (1 John 1:9), love their brothers (1 John 3:14), obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:3; John 15:14), do the will of God (Matt. 12:50), abide in God’s Word (John 8:31), keep God’s Word (John 17:6), and do good works (Eph. 2:10).John MacArthur