Matthew – Fulfilled
“Can you hear me now?” These words were made famous by Verizon. But it all began with the invention of the device called the phone. I can imagine Alexander Graham Bell shouting, “can you hear me?”, on his new invention that rocked the world in how we connect to each other. When we hear, “YES! I can hear you!”, and the connection is clear, we are satisfied, elated and at peace. We are happy to know that we have a good connection with the person at the other end. We talk and then listen to the reply of the one we called. Connected.
Today, connections to others have now evolved to short texts with abbreviations for words. We no longer “hear” the feelings behind the words written. We only imagine. We are so busy, we blurt texts of quickness, thinking we will get back with them later. Sometimes relationships suffer from this new way to connect. However, a quick text to tell someone you love them and are thinking of them is great, too. It is a double edged sword so to speak. Mm.
So, it seems to build an intimate relationship we need to simply talk face to face so that the intent of our hearts are expressed. We all have a desire to be connected. God created that in us, but I wonder if our current communication habits with others is affecting our communication and connection to God? There is no formula to stay connected to God other than being real, sincere, and simple. Jesus helps us to understand how to be and stay connected to our Father in heaven.
Matthew 6, The Message
Pray with Simplicity
5 “And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
6 “Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
7-13 “The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
14-15 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
16-18 “When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well.
What do we learn?
–“There is a connection between what God does and what you do.” –Staying connected to God means forgiving others.
–He hears our hearts and knows our needs before we pray. There is relief in knowing that about God. We do not have to think of words we think He would like to hear. Sometimes, “help me” is sufficient.
–We begin with Our Father in Heaven, hallowed is YOUR name so that the focus is shifted from us to God, our deliverer. HE is God and we are not.
–When we fall to our knees and cry out to God in honesty and repentance, we have His full attention. He will speak when we stay on our knees long enough to listen.
–God is always at work, never changes His promises to us and will always be with those who call on His Name in the quiet place of connected, intimate communion called prayer. Sometimes we don’t even use words.
–“Can you hear me now?” YES!, says God, our Father!
Our Father, who is in heaven. Hallowed is Your Name. May Your Kingdom come and reign in and all around us. May Your will be done in every detail of this day and may I notice and give thanks. Give us this day our daily strength, wisdom, insight and understanding. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who merely hurt or offend us. Lead us not into temptations, but deliver us from the evil one. You are in charge! To You be all glory, honor and praise!
In Jesus Name, Amen