You were designed to connect to God
In this post I show you why we were designed by God to connect to him, and let you know where I am on that journey in the hope that it will encourage you to pray.
Prayer is one of the ways I stay connected to God.
In the way that a lamp is always a lamp regardless of whether it’s plugged in, a Christian is still a Christian whether or not they pray.
But if the lamp is to shine it needs to be connected continually to the source of power.
DESIGNED TO CONNECT: IT’S A HUMAN THING
In the creation story in the Bible, God made humans last of all. This is because he wanted the world to be ready. He also made a distinction between humans and animals. He made animals first, then he made humans in his own image. We are different. He talks to us. And we can talk to him. Making humans is the crescendo of creation. God’s plan from the beginning was to work in partnership with people. If you have a boss who gives you a job to do, you need to have contact with him so that you can go with questions, receive feedback, take further instructions. God’s desire is to connect to humans.
DESIGNED TO CONNECT: IT’S A CHRISTIAN THING
This teaching is further developed by Jesus. In John 15 he talks of himself as the true vine, with his followers as the branches. The purpose if the vine is to bear fruit.
This is why I see prayer as crucial to my life as a Christian. I can bear some fruit on my own but as far as eternal impact goes, without connecting to God through prayer, I’m a lost cause. In fact, Jesus put it like this…
“Apart from me you can do nothing.”
But when I remain connected to him, and his words remain in me, I know I can accomplish so much more.
Let’s learn some lessons from Jesus. The questions in the text are what I have been asking myself recently. But you might want to answer them too!
Luke 5:16: But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Question: where do I withdraw to to pray, and is it often? What’s my ‘secret place’?
Matthew 14:23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone…
Question: who or what do I need to dismiss in order to pray regularly?
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
Question: Do I really need to go to bed as late as I do? Am I getting to bed early enough to get up in time to start the day with God?
Luke 9:28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.
Question: Who is in my life that I can pray honestly and openly with for mutual benefit? Do I make the effort to ensure this happens regularly enough?
LET’S GET PRACTICAL
Have a set time
Have a set place
Know you’re in a battle. So fight.
Jesus says, “Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” (Matthew 6:6 Message)
So how about you? Do you find it easy to pray? Do you have any tips on making the best of your time? I’d love to hear them!