Ah Technology. Last week my family headed to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to enjoy some R&R. Before we left, I wrote my 3 blogs for the week and set them to auto-publish at the correct time. I was feeling techno-fabulous. I was still getting responses ("comments"). I could stay connected to my bloggie friends and they'd never even have to know I was gone.
Oh Technology! The internet at the beach house was S-L-O-W. I'd send out my log in and password, but it didn't seem to get there. While I could visit my bloggie friends' blogs, I couldn't comment! I was NOT connected. And interestingly, without leaving comments on others' sites, my own site's visits dropped by 1/3! I felt seriously out-of-touch. And after a while, I just gave up trying.
Sometimes my prayer life can mirror my techno-life. I'm shooting up prayers, getting responses and feel oh-so connected with God. I am feeling faith-fabulous. I am on the high speed prayer connection with my knee mail.
Other times, however, it seems I'm on dial up faith connection. I am sending out prayers, but they just don't seem to get there. My responses drop. I feel seriously out-of-touch. I'm like the verizon phone guy, calling out to God "Can you hear me now?" And sometimes, I hate to admit, I just give up trying.
I need to follow the Jesus' example of prayer: "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." (Mark 1:35). Having small kids, its hard to find a solitary place. Even the bathroom isn't! But, if I would get up very early in the morning, perhaps I could find that solitary place.
My prayer life is a lot like my technology life. To keep connected to God, I need to make sure I keep reading his comments (the Bible), and I need to keep sending Knee Mail.
How about you? Are you connected?
Psalm 66:20 - - Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
Luke 5:16 - - But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
Romans 12:12 - - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.