Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
I sat with an old friend over lunch the other day that I hadn’t seen in several years. We met in grade school, were good friends in high school and roommates in college and eventually she became my closest confidant. Then we graduated and life took off at a rapid pace. We started working full time jobs, got married and started families. At first we sent a card or a letter (remember those?) in the mail once a month, then an email every couple of few weeks, maybe a phone call or text now and again. Soon, our conversations became less frequent, every six months, once a year, never. We knew we could reconnect at any moment but we just didn’t and our friendship became more distant. Two weeks ago at lunch our time was spent in rich conversation as we listened to and shared stories about joys and hard things in our lives. What I noticed about our time together was how quickly we connected back to something we had lost for awhile: deep friendship.
Like any relationship, communication results in growth. Lack of communication, stagnancy. I think the same is true with God. On the days we have significant talks with God, our relationship grows. On the days with little or no conversation, our relationship becomes distant.
What do you talk about if you want to express love to God? Anything you’d talk to your best friend about- the things you’re proud of, your fears, your dreams, your anxieties, your hurts, your cares, the things that keep you up at night – all the pieces of your life. How do we do that? Through prayer.
Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)
“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!”
Psalm 116:1-2 is a beautiful picture of a God who lovingly waits to have a conversation with us. Is your relationship with God feeling routine, dull or joyless? Start talking to God again. Prayer grounds us and helps us not feel so alone in the world. It reminds us of God’s love and power. It’s a place where the things that make us feel unsettled can find a place to rest. It’s how we grow a deep friendship with God.
Spend a few minutes in prayer today and let the act remind you of who God is and what he does in our lives.
If you would like to spend some intentional time with God or to learn more about prayer, join us at our Prayer Retreat on November 7th from 10:00am-1:00pm. The address is 7315 Labish Center Road, Salem, OR 97303. If you have questions, please email me.