Reaching God is as easy as speed-dialling on our telephones. He is never too busy to take our calls. He will never put us on hold to take another important call. And He will never hang up on us. In fact, He longs for us to call home as often as possible, for He loves the sound of our voices. God says, “If you seek Me, you shall find me, when You search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Now, seeking Him with all our hearts simply means stilling ourselves and saying, “Hi, LORD.” It’s as easy as that.
Praying isn’t a chore or a bore. It is merely telling God what is on our minds here and there throughout the day. We can ask Him for stuff. Or thank Him for something. Or we can simply tell Him how we are feeling.
And there are benefits in talking with God, too. For He says, “Call Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3).
Talking with God is merely having a conversation with Him in our hearts. Yes, we speak with our hearts and we hear Him in our hearts. But we should keep our private prayers private; that is, not saying them out loud, for we do not want to give satan status reports, and we do not want to let him know what God and we are talking about. You see, satan can’t read our thoughts. He can only read the thoughts of those he has possessed.
Moreover, God promises “If we draw near to God, He will draw near to us” (James 4:8). All we must do is still ourselves and start a dialogue, and we will be amazed at the peace of His Presence. He may be Almighty God, but He is still our Father, our precious Papa, and He wants to have a personal relationship with us.
Better yet, if a decision is what we must make, we can ask God to help us with that, too; for He assures us in His Word that “I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8). But if we are unsure whether it is God speaking to us or not, we can be sure that if what we think He is saying to us lines up with Scripture and His character, then it truly is God who is speaking and not just our wishful thinking.
Additionally, we talk with God, not just to God. And He answers us; He really does. He especially answers through His Bible when we take the time to read a verse or a passage or two. Praying is talking to God. And reading His Word is God talking back to us. In this way, we get closer to God and feel more of His joy and peace and what His will is for our lives.
Not only that, but this loving Person shares secrets with us, too, the closer we get with Him; “For the secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him” goes the Book of Psalms (Psalm 25:14).
And at those times when we don’t particularly feel like praying, the least we can do is stop for a second and tell Him we love Him, or praise and thank Him for something. Just a word or two of praise here and there warms His sentimental heart. Yes, He greatly appreciates this because He is a Person as well as God; and what person doesn’t like credit where credit is due? I know I sure do. And He will bless us, too, the more we talk with Him. The clearer our paths will be. And we’ll begin to discern the way He is working in our lives. We will come to know what His will is for us. And not only that, but we’ll begin to think the way He thinks. We’ll mature faster, too. And understand His Word better.
Yes, the God who said, “I have called thee in righteousness and will hold thine hand and will keep thee” (Isaiah 42:6) is the same God who longs to hear from us—to hear anything from us, just so long as we’re real with Him. That means just being ourselves and talking with Him the way we normally talk. We can praise Him for something, and that’s it. Or we can thank Him for something, and that’s it. We can tell Him we don’t like the way He has engineered some circumstance in our lives, and that’s it. Why, we can even talk to Him about our deepest, darkest sins (for He knows all about them already) and He will help us to overcome them.
So, why wait until we get to heaven to have a conversation with Him, when we can have heartfelt chats here and now, here and there throughout our days? This is what He wants…just as our earthly parents want or wanted from us. Yes, the LORD is waiting by the phone. And He will never refuse our calls…