I don’t go into a physical closet to talk with the Lord- I see him in front of my eyes, and at my right hand; I surround my focus with him. Prayer is giving my whole self to him, and receiving whatsoever he opts for me. Prayer is an all-day-long, personal relationship with God. Prayer via Christ sees God.
Jesus said, “God is a Spirit, to be worshiped in spirit and in truth.” Spiritual life breathes in and out just as the physical; is not prayer a unified life with God? And I think it takes time and practice for my spirit to breathe with him. “Lord, teach us to pray.”
Prayer is a living relationship with God, via the atonement of Christ. Prayer makes us one; to me, my thoughts toward God reflect back to me. The disciples’ time with Jesus was ordinary, every day relationship, learned from scratch. ‘Jesus breathed on his disciples, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.”‘
Prayer is relationship. When I talk with the Lord, I’m as animated, even-keeled, dull, and sinful as with all my other relationships. God is a Person who knows me through and through. Through prayer, I get to know him. Prayer relates.
For example, the pain in my patched-up leg greatly increased last night, because yesterday I’d ventured out to visit Mom. Around midnight I woke up frustrated, and used foul language towards God, confessing my wrong attitude even as I uttered the foul words.
Honesty with God keeps my relationship door open. Prayer looks into the Lord’s eyes and tells him what he already knows. He wants me to ‘pray without ceasing.’ Prayer opens my eyes and ears and soul before God. Prayer is relationship is knowing God. And I live to know God.
I think the Bible evolved from people squaring their experience of each other and nature with a God-given conscience. ‘Let us make man in our image.’ God-inspired stories were passed down orally and later written. To say they’re entirely accurate is akin to perfect Christians. God uses imperfections.
Via his Spirit, God revealed Creation to Adam, who at some stage credited a Creator. A relationship began. Accordingly, Adam obeyed God and named the animals. Through faith, he listened to his conscience and grew more conscious of God. Nothing stood between them.
That intimacy ended when Adam defied God and sided with Eve; stricken with guilt he said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and was afraid, and I hid.” God and Man lost intimacy, their relationship had died.
I think we get hung up on doing God’s will, not being his will. I often find my mind a whirlwind of wondering, “Do this or that? or the other?” No. As his child, being his will precedes doing. ‘Be ye holy.’
‘This is the will of God, even your sanctification.’ After all, ‘we are his workmanship.’ When Jesus told his disciples, ‘Be ye perfect, as is your heavenly Father,’ he was preparing them for being indwelt by his holy Spirit. ‘I will put a new spirit within you.’
My favorite byline in life is, ‘Walk in the light, as he is in the light.’ I’m not walking my day on eggshells saying, “Here? there?” No. I’m looking in his eyes, exposing my heart to him. He desires moment-to-moment intimacy (Hosea 6:5+6).
We are an artistic world- we value our creations more than God’s. That’s why human nature lives smugly happy in the dark. We’d rather befriend aliens than God; are more inspired by our works of art than his.
For example, there’s a YouTube documentary on making, The Lord of the Rings. Movies are amazing creations far-removed from everyday life. Artsy statements that there is no God. ‘Men love darkness.’
In a motorcycle fall Monday afternoon I broke both left leg bones so was scheduled to have surgery one week later at 2PM. I just got a call that there was a hospital fire yesterday which drove out the inpatients (they’re back), and for some reason they bumped me up to 8AM Monday.
To Jesus Christ, a godly life will not happen but by his Spirit in me. His life is the one standard to which I’m held. Those impossible words to his disciples, ‘Be ye perfect,’ are possible in him alone. I’m not perfect.
After his life was implanted in me my walk with God began. ‘You MUST be born again.’ To me, the normal Christian life is normal life, NOW. And on crutches lately, my mood and language IS now foul. Continue anyhow.
The disciple of Jesus learns to expect the unexpected. Continuing on through downs and ups and in-betweens follows HIS trail of faith in whatever experience he sets before me. Being perfect intends so. ‘Follow me.’
Jesus believed God in everyday life. He ‘became obedient’ to his ordinary daily experiences. Because he believed his Father ordained every step, ‘even the death of the cross.’
Why should I believe any differently? That he sets each moment in place, specific to me. ‘If so be the Spirit of God lives in me.’ He desires my fellowship above all. Will I obey him, or me? ‘Obedience is unto the death.’
Obedience to God’s Providence takes baby steps. At 12, ‘Jesus increased in wisdom and stature.’ Likewise do I the thing set before me. ‘I have set the Lord always before me. He is at my right hand.’
I may say I have a ‘walk with God,’ yet if I’m not exposing each thought, intent and motive–if I’m not holding up everything to the light of his judgment, I’m ‘walking in darkness.’
I don’t know about you, but I do a lot of grumbling and resisting when things don’t go smoothly. See, believing the sovereignty of God acknowledges every incident that comes my way is from him.
Jesus told his disciples, ‘You are those who have stood by me in my trials.’ Friendship with Christ is sharing the ‘fellowship of his sufferings,’ that is to me all the stuff I undergo. ‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection.’
Friendship with God believes that ‘he has come in the flesh,’ my flesh. It’s a marriage of spirit and flesh. ‘Beloved, now are we the sons of God!’