Seems like a strange question, but how do you communicate with The Almighty? Isn't there some way we can get a direct line to heaven and converse with our Creator. Indeed, God wants a relationship with us and part of a relationship, a big part, is communication. Enter prayer: a way we can boldly come before the throne of God and talk to Him. But is God listening? And if so, why doesn't He answer us quicker?
We live in a world of instant gratification: texts, emails, voice mails, phone calls, Facebook statuses, Twitter and or tweets: a plethora of methods and an amazing amount of technology all to the point of getting answers right away. In the old days, ancient times for some, an individual would pen a letter to a loved one and would have to wait weeks possibly months for an answer. Throughout recent decades, technology has increased and with it the time it takes to do certain tasks has decreased with each passing day.
Nowadays, the believer is tempted to let this attitude of "now" seep over into his spiritual life, and therefore his prayer life. For many, the "task" of praying only lasts a minute or two. And why not? If dinner can be ready in minutes rather than hours, God must be able to answer us as fast as we can send him an abbreviated text: omG! c%d U hlp me plS!! g2g, t2yl.
This is an especially easy attitude to adopt in a day and age when it's hard enough to wait for dinner to be ready. When even several minutes in the microwave can seem like an eternity, how do we wait on God? We want answers now! And God wants what's best for us in His own timing. He also wants to communicate with us, He wants to let us know His heart through His Word, let us feel an intimacy with Him through worship and to get us on the same page He's on through prayer.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he will strengthen your heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
Time and time again, the Bible tells us that God desires us to wait on Him. Wha? Oh, how we hate that word and everything it entails. How many of us have been guilty of texting someone and then calling them because they're not giving us the answer fast enough. We hate waiting, and yet as Scripture encourages us: every once in a while or more often than that, to stop and have a conversation with the Creator of the Universe. Prayer will definitely feel less and less like a task once you start waiting on Him and know the goodness of simply basking in His presence.
Casting all your cares upon him; for he cares for you. I Peter 5:7
Or in other words, Martin Luther's words, "Pray, and let God worry."