Communication with God
What is communication? My online dictionary defines the term as follows: The exchange of thoughts, messages or information, as speech, signals, writing or behavior. Recently I read a statistic entitled “The Cost of Poor Communications” in a business magazine. The article cited that companies with a large number of employees lost a whopping $62.4 million per year because of poor communication. And smaller companies lost an average of $420,000 per year. As a result, many policies about communication have become a part of most businesses to insure that there is a proper flow of information to all employees.
Have you ever considered prayer as a part of your communication? Prayer is perhaps the greatest privilege we have as Christians, in that we can come boldly and with assurance before the Throne of God. But how many of us pray regularly? How many of us pray with confidence? What do we pray for? Without question prayer is one of the most neglected, and for most of us (myself included), the most difficult Christian function to do.
Why do we pray? Perhaps you know someone who prays for all things, regardless of how small. Should we only pray for the big things? Are there certain things we should pray for? If we look to Scripture, it calls us to pray for many reasons.
Prayer has a specific purpose and intent. Prayer is a means of conforming us into the image of Christ. Just living in this fallen world, we find the need to pray! At this point, I am sure many are struggling with prayer. In this challenging time, conformity with Christ is not what we are feeling or experiencing. But a believer need not feel discouraged, down, or separated from God! There is Good News from the empty tomb - Jesus Christ is alive and His Spirit is working in our lives. He is always ready and willing, if we are willing to communicate.
Beyond our private prayer, we come before God each Sunday in corporate prayer. Jesus called the Temple “his Father’s house” of prayer. Do you realize that this gathering of people every Sunday for worship is too often the most neglected form of communication with God? When we gather in prayer together, God gives us power as the Body of Christ!
As we journey to the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we as believers can access God directly through Christ in prayer. Can you make it a point to devote more time in your life to prayer? In Matthew 6:7, Jesus reminds us: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others...But when you pray, go to your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who sees you in secret…” Pray like you mean it with genuine words to the Father who is invisible.
Consider the outline of prayer that Christ gives us in the Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your Will be done,
On Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptations,
But deliver us from evil. (Matthew 6:9-13)
We all need to know how to make prayer a part of our lives. Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God. God wants to get to know you better. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you!” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)