1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 – “For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 9 For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.” NASB
As we continue our consideration of prayer and the reality that the one, we are praying to is The Living God I ask that we never lose sight of the reality that He is actively involved in our daily lives.
God, the Living God is involved in our lives down to the most minute of details. That is why Jesus could and would say in His Sermon on the Mount, “Look at the lilies of the field and the birds of the air…” Insignificant creatures and things but worthy of God’s focus and attention.
The God we see through His creation, that God, cares about the smallest details of our lives and our world. That is foreign to the thinking of some, but that is God! I contend that anything that causes even the smallest ripple of concern in the pond of our lives is enough for the Infinite Person, GOD to be concerned and take note of. That is our God! That is the one we talk to in prayer.
God is infinitely concerned about the care of His people and His creation. We see that reality all through the Bible. He sent ‘manna’ from heaven to feed the children of Israel in the wilderness. We see God’s incredible provision in the life of Elijah. This God, our God is Alive and is Alive in the areas that we think about and care about daily. He cares about those things that trouble us. He cares about those things we need to live. He is there, always there and He is ALIVE!
I suggest that God is so concerned about everything that affects us that He initiated our Salvation. That’s what Paul is saying, “He who has begun a good work in you…” He began that work before time began. He began that work before the creation of the earth and the universe. God took the initiative and provide the pathway to Salvation. That is Concern. God made provision for us to be ‘Sozoed’ (put back together and made whole). Now, in the Finished Work of Jesus, we have the total provision of God. This is who we talk to in prayer.
I fear that, too frequently, we are attempting to talk God into doing what we feel He might be reluctant or not want to do. We are trying to change His mind and sway Him to our desires rather than His purposes. Too much prayer is virtually a ‘con-job’ and exercise in ‘attempted manipulation.’ That is not Prayer and is not Possible with God!
The Heart of Prayer begins in the revelation of The Living-ness of God. As one preacher said, “The Is-ness of God.” He is! It begins in knowing that He is the Living God who is the Creator of all things. He has all power, is all-knowing, and ever-present. He is the glue that holds everything together. He is!
He is Life! He has made His covenant and has sworn by Himself that He will fulfill His Promises. He is totally capable and willing to do what He Promised. HE IS! Think through your own personal history, recall the times and events where God demonstrated Himself strong on your behalf in a marvelous manner. Let those thoughts return to the forefront of your mind. He is the Living God and He has invited us to Pray!
If God did not mean it, He would not have invited us into the Throne Room via prayer. He would not have said, “Ask, and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened.” If He did not mean it, He would not have Promised to Answer when we call. Stop thinking of God as “out there” but realize that He is “in our hearts.” Stop thinking of God in an ethereal manner and start realizing that He is the Living God who Hears and Speaks. Talk to Him! He is Listening. Listen for His response, He is speaking!
God bless you as you embark on a new life of communication and communion with God, THE LIVING GOD!
Have a Great Day!