When I noticed myself uselessly arguing with a piece of electronics, it reminded me of an interesting observation I made one day while driving home. I saw a man sitting on a park bench talking...to himself. He was having quite a conversation, and no, he was not on the phone and was not wearing a bluetooth headset. He was simply talking...to himself.
It occurred to me that this is what many people think it is like when you talk to God. For many, the idea of prayer is the like talking to an empty park bench. Many people simply do not believe that God is there, let alone that He actually hears us.
These people are gravely mistaken. The God of the universe, the God of the Bible, the Creator, King, and Lord of all is real. He is real and He hears His children when they pray to Him.
This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. (1 John 5:14-15)
When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:5-6)Christian, do you take comfort in the reality of the immanence of your God? Do you rejoice in the person of your Savior and the work that He has done in reconciling us to the Father?
Now that you've pondered that, it's time for your week in review (kind of):
- Is C.S. Lewis a trojan horse for bad theology?
- I don't know what's more fun about this: the (alleged) impromptu performance, or the fact that Dick Van Dyke was eating at Denny's!
- Social media and Christian discernment.
- Some beautiful photographs.
- A response to the doctrine of prevenient grace.
- How does an 11-year old even buy a house?
- Understanding sola Scriptura.
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable (a unique one today).
- Thoughts on "internet shepherds."
- Sigh. The story of a deceptive movement.
- Um...parents, playgrounds are for children.
- Mark Driscoll is nothing if not consistent.
- Taking the mystery out of knowing God's will: