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Praying From the Computer... October 2017

10.10.17 | Family Life, Christianity Today | by Ken Custer

Praying From the Computer... October 2017

    We have been looking at Jesus’ parable of the sower recently and the different soils Jesus mentioned that can help us think about what we need, or what we need to get rid of, to hear God speak to us. Listening to God requires that we are aware of God’s presence in our lives. Are you aware of God’s presence in your life, or do you feel disconnected from God?

    Even when we have believed in Jesus and accepted him as Lord and Savior, we can’t always feel his presence. There are times we feel close to him, and other times he seems distant or even uninvolved in our lives.

    Sometimes we connect this with our circumstances.  When everything is going our way and our needs are being met, we feel close to him. But it the Lord isn’t doing for us what we expect or want, or if our problems or troubles are increasing, it may seem he’s distant or even unconcerned with us. Basing our connection with God to circumstances isn’t the healthiest thing spiritually.

    The best way to know God’s presence in our lives, is to take the time to deepen our relationship with God. The best place to begin that is in the Bible. Reading the Bible each day allows our minds to focus on God and realize that God is with us. Knowing God’s presence with us is vital to seeing how God is working in our lives. I often find that what I read in the morning is exact- ly what I need to deal wisely with a situation I’m working on that day.

    When we are aware of God’s presence in our lives some things happen.

    One thing is, our perspective is changed.

    Peace and security comes when we realize the Lord is with us. Even when everything looks bleak, we continue to have hope because our confidence is in God, not in our circumstances. Knowing God is with us puts hardships in their proper place, under God’s authority instead of over ours. Instead of thinking our blessings are due to good luck we become aware that God is working in our lives.

    We become motivated to obedience.

    Instead of making decisions without giving God much of a thought, we begin to make choices wanting to do what God wants us to do. We realize more and more what is right and wrong and recognize what sin is. We know all we have to do is call on God and ask for help.

    Our love for God increases.

    Two big examples of this is that our prayer  life  begins  to  change  from a time to make requests to an opportunity of simply being with the Lord. And worship becomes more than a religious routine.

    No matter what is going on in your life, God is with you. Nothing is beyond God’s reach. Just  as the hurricanes have come and passed through recently in Texas and Florida, the storms of our life come and pass through as well. And as the storms of life come through, God is the one working to sustain you. God’s peace will guard your heart as you rest knowing of his presence with you.

    Godspeed

    Ken