Monday, December 07, 2015
Psalm 66:16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
Communications technology is amazing. From cell phones to computers with web cams we have the ability to talk to and see just about anyone anywhere in the world in an instant. Most people I know now have smartphones that offer all of the communication and connection possibilities. With my phone I can connect to my office computer from anywhere I am and retrieve and send emails. I can download files from my computer and work on them, then upload them back to my computer when I am done. This phone allows me to stay connected to my ministry and to people at all times – from anywhere – as long as I am within range of my network’s towers. I still experience dropped calls and weak connections because of my geographical location in relation to the signal carrier. Yet I have become somewhat dependent upon it to maintain a sense of connectedness to my world. I would feel a little alone without it, wondering if I was missing something or someone.
As amazing as cell phone and computer technology is, prayer beats it by a long shot. Long before man was able to communicate with people across the continents, God was able to communicate with people from across the universe. While cell phones may keep us connected to people, prayer keeps us connected to God. Man’s communication technology has limitations; prayer is limitless. Calls to people depend on their availability; God is always available. Internet connectivity provides us with seemingly endless information based on the finite knowledge of man; prayer provides us with limitless wisdom based on the infinite knowledge of God. Man’s methods of staying connected depend upon location; prayer can keep us connected anywhere because God is everywhere.
The only point of commonality between cell phone connectedness and prayer is the reality of dropped calls. I have learned where the “dead spots” are around our city. I know that I will not be able to stay connected by phone while driving through certain locations because of geographical interference with the network tower. The tower hasn’t moved, but I have moved in relation to the tower and it interrupts my connectedness.
In exactly the same way our connectedness to God in prayer is interrupted by sin. Geographical interference – our connectedness to the world – has broken our connection with God. God hasn’t moved, we have. We have chosen to travel through a “dead spot” of sin. The screen on our prayer phone reads “no service available.”
In God’s presence there is no sin. It cannot exist there. It is not welcome there. It is by the grace of God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that we are able to enter into God’s presence as sinners who have been declared sinless. But when we attempt to approach God’s holiness while living in intentional sin, God limits our connection. When I lose connection on my cell phone I know it, and I usually blame the phone or the network. It is usually my fault for changing locations. When we have lost connection with God we also know it, and we tend to blame God, when in reality we are the ones who changed locations. When we choose to cherish sin in our hearts, (Psalm 66:18) God breaks the connection of prayer with us. This is serious, and we have minimized its truth for too long. We have no audience with the King when we have the audacity to attempt to come before Him covered in sin rather than with His blood. And one single treasured sin in our lives is sufficient to close the ears of God. We cannot expect God to listen to any of our prayers when they are communicated from a heart that has a secret room of unrepentant sin.
So if you’re feeling disconnected from God today – like your calls to Him are constantly being dropped – then check your position in relation to His holiness. You may be living in a dead spot. Get out of there, and move to a place of connectivity again – a place of repentance, forgiveness, and restored service.