Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” [Psalm 27:7-8 (NLT)]
Last night, I discovered a “hot spot” in the city park, making it even easier to keep in touch with the world. Of course, I discovered it when I furtively checked my email during a band concert. With our smart phones, IPads, and computers, we are rarely out of contact with our friends and acquaintances. Most of us check our email (or Facebook page) several times a day. Do we check in with God nearly as much? I know I don’t!
Prayer is more than a ritual; it is building and maintaining a relationship with our Lord. We talk, text and email our friends all day long, so why do we spend so little time talking with Him? We don’t need a hot spot to check in with God! Today, every time I check my email, I’m also going to check in with God to see what He has to say to me!
It’s not enough to splash a little prayer on in the morning or to run through a sprinkler of God’s mercy now and then. It’s not enough to double our spirits in an hour of worship on Sunday or to dash into a drizzle of teaching every month or so. Our souls need to soak in God’s presence. It’s no luxury, this time we spend in the healing waters of God’s grace. It’s neither excess nor indulgence to immerse ourselves in communion with our creator. It’s a spiritual necessity if we want to become the people God has created us to be. [Penelope J. Stokes]