Calling God

We live in a techno-crazed world.

Take the BlackBerry, for example. Until recently, blackberries were either to be eaten fresh, or used in making delicious jams and pies. Now when you hear someone mentioning a BlackBerry, they could be talking about a gadget through which they have access to a mobile phone, email, a silent messaging system, and the Internet.

Look at the cell phone. You can’t go anywhere without seeing someone using it to communicate. Cell phones are everywhere - attached to ears while owners are driving, shopping, and attempting business transactions. Some conversations relay important information, while others occur for the purpose of alleviating boredom.

In movie theatres, prior to stage performances, and aboard airplanes, people have to be reminded to turn off their cell phones in order to not be disruptive. And how many times during a worship service has your pastor had to ignore a ringing cell phone in the middle of an important message?

I recently observed one person after another obsessed with using a mobile phone, and was struck by this question. How much time do we spend conversing with our Lord in comparison to the amount of time we spend talking on our cell phones? Think about it.

But, here’s the cool part. God doesn’t demand that we sit in a church in order to communicate with Him. He wants to be in conversation with us all day long.

Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

God wants us to pray continually. That means we can talk to Him in the car, while at work, or walking the aisles of the grocery store. So how can we use the excuse that we don’t have time for prayer? He desires to be a part of our lives and that means He yearns to listen to not only what’s going wrong in our day, but what’s going right. We can share the same kind of information with Him that we'd share with our spouse or friends.

If we can take the time to chat on our cell phones all day long, why can’t we find the time to communicate with God? After all, we can talk to Him without having to flip open a cell phone, rack up expensive bills, or deal with bad connections.

God is there.
Waiting, accessible, and more than willing to listen.


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