Prayer — Our testimony with God

It is a rather common occurrence to lay down our phone and not be able to find it.  It is such a problem they created an app to locate your phone.  Or so they say.  Recently Susie misplaced an iPad on a flight we were on.  What you thought would have been easy instead led us to “limbo land.”  The iPad was never to be found. 

The process to find the lost iPad led us to the airline stewardess (multiple times).  Then it took us to Apple.  Then we were directed to AT&T.  Then we were told to check with lost and found at the airline.  Then we were told to fill out a form(s).  Meanwhile everybody kept referring us back to the app.  I seriously think that our iPad found its way to another dimension and a galaxy far, far away.  But trust me we searched valiantly for that iPad.

Many people approach God in prayer as if there were an “app for that.”  Every time you push the app on your phone another prayer is uttered.  Several different faiths have turned prayer into rituals of such as spinning a metal cylinder or hanging a prayer flag so that every time it waves in the wind a prayer is sent God-ward.  Many of us think that when more of us are praying it will tip the scales with God and the answers will have a positive ending.  Prayer wasn’t meant to be a mindless ritual whereby God will automatically produce our request. 

Among the first occurrences in Genesis of a new creation – man & woman had time each day sharing with God.  When sin entered our world in Genesis 3 among the first tragedies that occurred was that God had to search for man and woman who hid in shame.  Their sharing time was broken.  If we were to call this time “prayer” — which I believe it is – prayer immediately became far more complicated.  Therefore, when we seek to pray it will not come easily.

There are multiple obstacles to our prayers and our sharing time with God.  They will range from busy-ness to misunderstandings.  Sin will influence our hearts and our prayers.  If you remember, Adam & Eve hid from God.  Sometimes we are hiding from God.  Rituals can invade our desire to have sharing time with God.  However, if we persist and truly want to spend time with God, our prayer lives will become rich testimonies of what God has done and is doing. 

Remember the face of Moses glowed because of his sharing time with God.  Because of it, Moses had to wear a veil.  Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 

May your prayer life lead to the need to wear a veil.

C U Sunday,

Bill

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