If you have a cell phone, then you have probably had a dropped call before. If you have a cell phone, chances are it is a smartphone and most of your time is dedicated to it when you are with yourself, family, friends, and work. Next time you are in a movie theater, take note of smartphone screens.
Despite being seduced by this little device, you may have experienced a lag in signal barring you from checking facebook for the 15th time in the last minute or you’re in the middle of a conversation and you’re carrying on about your day, only to find out that no one is on the other end, listening. You start repeating the question, “Can you hear me now?” trying to get the conversation back.
Thankfully, God never drops a call nor lags in signal to check in with Him. God cares deeply about you and He will always have the time to listen to what you have to say – even if it’s something silly or small. This explains why the Bible tells us to pray “without ceasing”. That is, to pray anytime, about anything, anywhere. In Christ, God is your Father, and you should talk to Him regularly, not because you have to, but because you get to.
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17 How are we to pray? What does it mean to pray without ceasing? What does it not mean? Is it better to check in with God or play the latest level of Candy Crush or gossip? What does the Bible say about gossip?
National Park officials welcome 250 million people to our treasured parks each year. Most visitors are day-trippers, coming to look and run. The average time spent for all forty-eight national parks was four and one-half hours. For Isle Royale it was four days, perhaps due to its remoteness. Yosemite or Sequoia, Yellowstone or Glacier National Park in four and one-half hours? To so heatedly race in and out of these stunning temples of granite offers no time to pause, let alone stop and look, listen and smell the delights of mountains, rivers, and high country. Thank goodness we can live our lives through smart screens and photos instead of living in the moment. Looking upon the magnificent art that is creation is so enriching through a camera, screen, or photo.
Unfortunately, prayer fares far worse than our National Parks. Though God invites us to sit and enjoy time in his presence, we hasten in and out of prayer like we do a fast-food establishment, national park, or surfing the internet. Yet the more we pray, the more we enjoy it and receive from it. When we rise from prayer we are always more keen for it than when we first knelt. God’s answers come to all who seek his presence. He doesn’t time the length of our prayers, but it is for our own soul’s delight that we spend time with him, finding in spiritual leisure the grace that haste denies.