I love the convenience of voicemail. Sometimes I just want to tell someone one little thing, and I don’t have time to have a long conversation. And sometimes it’s because you know if you have to talk to a particular person, you are afraid you’ll never get off the phone! So, you’re a little relieved when you hear the message instead of a “hello”.
There are times, though, when I really WANT to have a conversation with a friend, and it’s always a little disappointing to be bounced back to voicemail.
I think that’s kind of how prayer is for a lot of us. We’re just leaving Him a voicemail. “Hey, just calling to check in….umm, so and so really needs a job, and what’s his face is in the hospital and really needs healing, and you-know-who is really getting on my last nerve…so could you work on that, too? Okay, amen.”
The word “amen” has become code for “goodbye”, when that isn’t at all the meaning of that word. It actually means “a declaration of affirmation”, or “strong expression of agreement.” So, how can we agree with anything God says if we never talk long enough for Him to get a word in?
Prayer is conversation. I feel terrible about the times I’ve dismissed God with quick little voicemails when He so desperately wants to TALK with me! Imagine, the God of the universe, who created the oceans, seas and our intricate bodies wants to talk with ME. And I dismiss Him!!!! Really, how dare I!
He wants to be the friend who follows us around on errands, the one we talk to in the car, in our house, in school. He wants a flowing conversation that essentially never ends. When I’m in my car now, I treat it as though He is sitting next to me, and we’re driving around town, talking about important things and a lot of not-so important things. And I think He likes the unimportant things just as much as the big stuff. Why? Because we’re TALKING to Him! Including Him. Not just dropping Him a voicemail and checking it off my to-do list when I finish my message.
This may not seem like a major epiphany for most of us. We all know God wants to talk with us and be with us. So, why aren’t we changing the way we pray??
Let’s start today. Invite Him into your errands. Into your whole day.
Invite Him into your life.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rejoice always; pray without ceasing. in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.