Imagine what would happen if I came home from a long day of work, opened up our front door, peeked my head into our house and said something to my bride like this…
“Oh, you most beautiful. You with the fairest of skin and the with twinkling of eyes. I love you more today than I did yesterday and I will love you more tomorrow than today. Thank you for loving me in return. Thank you for bearing our children and for providing for them and me a home filled with peace and joy. Thank you for standing by my side when times are hard and speaking truth and life into me. I cherish our time together. My schedule is quite full, so I’ll have to keep this brief… would you please be so kind as to wash and iron my white shirt, and make sure my shoes are shined. It will be snowing soon, so please make sure the driveway is cleared when I come home and please continue to keep the house clean along with all those other things you do that I’m not aware of. For these and all other things I give you my devoted love and attention. Until next time… goodbye.” And then I closed the door and went somewhere else.
What kind of relationship do you suppose my bride and I would have? No need for you to answer that as we all know that wouldn’t fly very far.
So, if we all know the outcome of a situation like that, why is it we do that with God? Let’s face it, sometimes our prayer life is just like that. We pray when we can fit it in… or when we’re in need… or when we’re desperate. We tiptoe into the presence of God, we acknowledge Him as best we can, then we thank Him for what He’s done, then we ask for more, and we tiptoe back out the same way we came in with a final Amen.
What if my bride actually wanted to say something back to me? What if she wanted to have a conversation? And as I think about that, I begin wondering how my prayer life became just another speech or a monologue instead of a dialogue? When do I allow God to speak to me?
That’s what I thought of today as I read Acts 10. Two men, Cornelius and Peter, both were praying, at different times and at different locations. Both had encounters with God during their prayer time. Both experienced something most of us haven’t because we’re in such a hurry.
Here’s my word in of encouragement for you today: Instead of just rattling off a bunch or request to God, things you wish He’d do something about… why not just listen for His voice. Jesus said His sheep would follow Him, because they know His voice (John 10:4). Can you hear Him now?
Help me hear Your voice above all the other noise in my life. I want to have a dialogue with You. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.
Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen