Wednesday, October 21, 2015

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” ― Corrie ten Boom

When you are working on the internet and trying to find something out, chat with another person, send an email, or post on Facebook, sometimes, if you are like me, you get this message on your screen, “You Are Not Connected To The Internet” which is not a good thing.  It prevents you from doing the things you wanted to do, to make the connections you wanted to make, to interact with another person, or to learn something important.  In our daily lives, there are many times, when we might look up and see, written across the sky, “You Are Not Connected With God.”  Most, if not all of our problems come from being disconnected with God.  Blaise Pascal, the mathematical and spiritual genius, believed that "all the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms." Oswald Chambers agreed: "Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible's idea of prayer is that we may get to know God himself."  How do we stay connected with God?  We pray.  Prayer is about connecting with God. Prayer is our connection with God; it’s the link, the open line. The problem many of us face is that often when we go to prayer, we rush to wave the shopping list of things we need God to do for us and for others.  That is not exactly a connection with God.  That’s just shouting out what we want—and we want it now.  It is only when we approach God with sincerity and praise and adoration that there comes a sense deep within our hearts that we truly have entered into God’s presence and that He hears us. As we continue in prayer and linger in His presence, we sense that we have laid hold upon Him, His face has turned toward us, and our eyes spiritually have locked with His. Deep inside we know that He understands our need and will respond according to His sovereign purposes. We have that assurance because there is a release, a lifting of the burden we are carrying as His face turns toward us in response to our cry. We have connected with God  Open your mind and heart to the Holy Spirit when you pray and let the Spirit guide your prayers, empower you, and connect directly to your spirit as you’re praying.
Quiet your mind and heart before God to listen to Him. Ask God to help you be willing, patient, and perceptive, and to learn how to discern His voice speaking to you above your own thoughts or thoughts from other people or the evil side of the spiritual realm. Trust that God will respond and speak to you.  The more you pray, the more you listen, the more you allow that connection to be made, the less likely that the connection will be broken.  You can stay in constant communication and contact if you pray every day and often during the day.  Believe me, the last thing you want is that message “You Are Not Connected With God” and as we can reconnect with the internet, so, too can we reconnect with God and stay connected.  It is up to us and not technology and wires and software to keep us in constant communion with God.  We just have to open our hearts to Him, invite Him in, and invite Him to live within us.  Please do that, it will change your life.  Most, if not all, of the times we are most stressed and discombobulated, it is because we have lost our connection with He who loves us.  Keep that connection open.  Pray.  Listen.  Embrace the warmth and love of God.
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