Pray? or Prey?

But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him.  Where are you?  Genesis 3:9 (Amplified Bible)

Shortly after creation, Adam disobeyed God, and therefore hid himself.  And so began alienation from God.  Soon, one thing led to another, and another, building a wall between God and mankind, and to present day, ourselves.  Until now, at best, most of us see God through a dim mirror, giving a blurred reflection of reality.  (Please see I Corinthians 13:12.)  (In fact why not read the whole book?)

Yet, in our alienation, as with the alienation of anyone we might love, we crave the attention and recognition of God.  We may pray often, hoping for any sign of relationship.

Believe me, my friends; there are people, sometimes bad people, who exploit this craving.  So many of us are looking for God.  Looking for God in romantic relationships.  Looking for God in songs we hear on the radio, or in the articles we read.  We are looking for God in our churches, in our schools, and in our families. 

 God seems so far away, yet He is as close as our next breath.  We all know this, deep down.  Many, many of us know that God is there, but we cannot experience that relationship or quell that craving.

In prayer we often can come close to God, even if only for a moment or two.  We may feel His soft, still presence.

Modern-day churches are filled with emotional performances and sermons.  Relationship with God is not an emotional rush.  Once the performance is over, many of us are left as we were, without lasting connection. 

It is through the life-giving, life-altering connection with Christ Jesus, in our hearts, in our minds, and in our souls that brings lasting comfort and satisfaction.  It is the engagement with Him that can lead to the kinder, gentler existence that can only come through His agape love and guidance.  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest.”  Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible) Just ask!  Have faith.

W.S.

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4 Responses to Pray? or Prey?

  1. Julia Putzke says:

    “Relationship with God is not an emotional rush.” This is something I’m learning. it’s more of absence of emotion, more quiet. At least for me. Thanks for sharing this.

    • wsforchrist says:

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment and your witness. Some of our churches are more show and less quiet reflection; however, relationship with our Lord can be very individual, as you have shared. I believe the longing for God that we may feel leaves us often vulnerable as we pursue Him. He is also pursuing us. Let us greet Him in our hearts!

      • Julia Putzke says:

        You’re welcome. 🙂 I agree-I’ve always thought an emotional rush meant you were very close with God, and that’s something you should obtain. Always an emotional high. But He’s gifted us in uniquely different ways according to our personalities. We should embrace it and however vulnerability comes out. 🙂

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