Why pray? Today or any day?

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Have you ever just wondered, what the point in prayer is anyway?  Is prayer just some cop-out for deep thinking or meditation or is there something more to this experience? 

According to studies, people of all walks of life and all religious beliefs practice some form of  prayer. In fact an article  in UPI.com came out in December 2008 stating that 90% of U.S. adults claim to pray one or more times a day.  That’s a big percentage.  But what does it mean?

Are followers of Christ simply following the pack?  No.  Christianity holds its own unique history with prayer.  If we look in the book of Genesis, documenting life tens of thousands of years ago,  Adam and Eve actually walked and talked with God.  They had a relationship.  It was only after disregarding God’s direction, the conversation became more difficult.  I would venture to say, they weren’t as open or naked before Him as they first began.  (Sorry I had to say it.)

Are you  as open with God?  I know I’m not.  In spite of that, God wants us to connect.  History shows, He continually seeks ways to open the doors of communication with us, with humanity:   Noah and the ark, Jonah and the fish, Moses and the bush, Israel and the pillar of fire, prophets of all shapes and sizes, and Jesus. 

Each moment in history reveals God’s passion for communication.  It’s as if He has every tool available at His disposal and He’s using them to reach out to us.  He uses cell phone, texting, land line, email, snail mail, podcast, television, radio, or whatever it takes.  Can you feel His desire to build a relationship with us?

But here’s the problem.  We have to choose to respond.  We must engage. 

That’s what prayer is.  It’s our side of the line open and connecting with His.  Occasionally, we have  to initiate or respond to keep the relationship strong.  Connecting isn’t a cure, it’s a link.  It’s a hand holding, heart thumping moment together. 

In those moments, we believe or don’t in who this God is.  We can simply log on, click the links and place our order, but He’s God, not Amazon.com. 

He longs to help and hold and comfort and guide and yes, occasionally He makes the fish spit us out.  But that’s His decision, not ours.  For a real bond to happen, we need to log on and interact and trust. 

When Solomon finished building an amazing monument to God’s prowess called the temple, God offered him direction on what to do next.  Here’s God’s statement:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

On this National Day of Prayer, our nation does need prayer.  But more than that, we do too.  Because there is a God who longs to connect with us by choice, by decision, and with purpose, because we matter to Him. 

If you did something special for the National Day of Prayer, share it in the comments section.


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