Last weekend I had one of the most candid and powerful conversations with God that I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t want to share what led to the situation, as it’s a really personal thing, but on Friday night and leading into Saturday I was really unhappy. Saturday comes and it’s just not better. I was feeling confused, embarrassed, upset, I was just really down. And so I open up this dialog with God that turned out to be one of my most treasured interactions with Him. It was all out loud, which isn’t normally how I pray, but for some reason I knew that this just had to be out loud. I questioned, challenged, whined, complained, argued, and ultimately, praised and accepted that His will for my life is what matters above all else. He brought me to some powerful and deep realizations about my life and my heart through the course of that prayer.
The whole thing got me thinking about prayer in general. I can talk to God, and so can you. I’m going to do it right now. I’m going to pray for a friend of mine for 30 seconds. Boom, just did it. I talked to God. The God, the one who created the universe, the guy who created me and you, I just talked to Him.
I want to really think about this today, because I deeply feel that we undervalue just how special prayer is. I want to give you two examples today that might help us all better appreciate the incredible special privilege we have when it comes to praying to God.
A few weeks back we studied the book of Esther. She’s the queen, and yet when she’s told she needs to go talk to the king I want you to look at what she says. Check out these requirements to speak with the king.
Esther 4:11 “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that if any man or woman goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter so that he may live. But as for me, I have not been called to come in to the king these thirty days.”
This is a man, an earthly king who for his short life ruled over a country. Compared to the eternal God of all creation, this dude’s not all that much. But, look at what it took to get an audience with him, even for his own wife! Unless you are scheduled, or unless he just so happens to extend special favor to you, trying to approach him and speak to him RESULTS IN YOUR DEATH.
Now let’s look at a modern example. The President of the United States is an elected official, and he is in charge of running the country. Can you or I get the President on the telephone? There are plenty of methods of contacting the White House listed online, and let’s say I use one and send an email. Will it be the actual president who reads my email and responds? Almost never. You probably have a 1 in 1 million chance of having your letter or phone message or tweet or whatever actually reach the president. And again, this is a man, an earthly ruler who for 4 to 8 years presides over a country.
So, let’s refocus again on God. He created all life, spoke galaxies into existence, rules over every single part of reality. He is, without question, far above and beyond any king from the book of Esther and any president from the modern era. If they’re six feet tall, God’s 6000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 feet tall. And yeah, that’s a ridiculous number, but I’m just trying to make an illustration here about how far above God stands than any man, no matter what seat of power they fill.
And yet, the one that is far above and beyond, the one who created it all, He’s available to us day or night. I don’t have to be on a list, I don’t have to fear death just for walking into His presence, I don’t have to jump through hoops and hope that my message gets through the levels upon levels of aides and assistants at the White House and eventually reaches the man in charge. In an instant, as quick as a thought, I’m in communication with God.
You know, I went a disgustingly long amount of time (even after rededicating my life to the Lord) where I didn’t put much value on prayer. And yes, I use that strong of a term. It disgusts me that I neglected prayer. We can talk to God anytime we want. Sometimes we can have it out with Him, like I did last weekend. I raised my voice, I pleaded with Him, and it was a truly beautiful moment in my life. That’s God, you guys. That’s the love this God has for you and for me. Trust me, He had better things to do than listen to me whine last Saturday, and yet He not only listened, but He gave me guidance and direction and He loved me through it all. I don’t know about you, but I’m just completely awestruck at that level of love and that level of commitment to a relationship. God’s right there, waiting for your call.
PRAYER AND CLOSING
Father God, I just couldn’t be more excited about prayer these days. Thank you so much for the gift of prayer, for your immediate closeness when we reach out to you. You hear us. You are God, and you hear us. You listen, and you comfort, and you reply in a thousand different ways in our lives. Make us mighty warriors of prayer, Lord, build us up into such mighty people of prayer that there is no situation we ever face in life that vexes us, because we know we can bring it before the King of all glory in an instant. Praise your holy name, King Jesus, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for prayer. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
Love you guys! I’m doing fifty things at once tonight so I’m signing off quick. Have a safe and joyous weekend and do some praying!