"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are
attentive to their prayer." 1 Peter 3:12
I often hear people say they don't have time to devote to prayer. In
today's society, this is somewhat understandable. Cellular phones,
wireless networks, instant messaging, and other technologies have made
most of us accessible, as they say, "24-7." What puzzles me is why these
helpful communications devices have taken time away from the most
important communication of all. While this technology that connects us
to each other is helpful, each and every one of us has always had
available a direct connection to God. It is the most important
connection of all.
It's called prayer. It's hands-free, mobile, and there's always a good
signal. As Christians, we have already signed the contract for coverage.
All God asks of us in return is that we use the connection. We need to
make time to use that connection. Just as we schedule time to attend a
child's school pageant, schedule a doctor's appointment, or set a time
for a business meeting, we need to schedule time for prayer.
Prayer does not need to be written on our calendars at a precise time
each day, but it does need to be a priority in our daily lives. It's an
opportunity to ask God for our needs and, more importantly, to ask for
HIs guidance. No other connection gives us this opportunity- the chance
to seek God's counsel in matters of our daily life. Only prayer permits
the deep reflection that yields answers to our most difficult decisions.
The connection to God through prayer is powerful. No other connection
enriches us in the same way. The connection is always available and
always on; we just have to use it.