Are you the type of person that prefers to have some kind of background or white noise going on while you work or functioning in leisure? I know I am. As an artist, I believe some of the most productive and/or creative moments are spawned in these environments. In fact, it is just as good a time as any to receive inspiration from God.
Today for instance…while working on designing a couple of websites I was “watching” a show series I found on Netflix. Every so often, I would hear a buzz or tune alerting me that a notification was left on my phone. One particular time I decided to check and there were so many notifications that I figured it was time that I clear them from my tab bar. Going down the list, I see the reminder from my YouVersion app for my devotional series for the week. I had just begun the first episode of the second season to the show, so I put it on pause and stopped work to focus on the study. I was initially under the impression this would take roughly 8-10 minutes to finish and then back to my routine. I prayed, read through the segment of devotional content, and then through the first passage attached to the reading before I was hung up.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”(Philippians 4:6-9) After reading this passage, I quickly backtracked to the devotional content. Though the title of the study was powerful on its own, “Why should I pray,” I realized what brought me back was an entry that asks, when we pray, do we connect with God as if He is “our foe, our fireman, or our Father”? Do we tend most often to complain, cry out for help, or converse – have an actual dialogue with God?
“Yes, Father, I hear You,” I said as a peaceful conviction ran through me and I powered off the television. I envisioned Jesus giving the model prayer. “Our Father in heaven…” and was immediately brought back to Philippians 4:9 where Paul said, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice”. Paul was stating in this message that he reflected the likeness of Christ in prayer, as should we.
Never should we take for granted our relationship and communication with our Father. He is not a blue genie in a rusty, golden lamp. He is a dad and Father to those whom He has adopted, deserving our respect, time, acknowledgement, honor, fear, and love! Next time you pray, ask yourself, “Why do I pray?” Do you see God as a mere shoulder to cry on when your world is crumbling? Is He only available for rescue purposes? Or do you treat Him as the faithful Father He is, beyond the rescuer and comforter, who loves and is to be loved? What is your motive?
Written by our very own, Genesis