As we waited for Ricky to bring breakfast, I noticed Stan glancing around as if looking for someone or something.
“Are you looking for someone?” I asked.
“No. Sorry. Just observing.” he responded. “Have you ever noticed how many people spend a lot of time looking at their cell phones?”
“I have,” I replied. “It’s like they’re addicted to checking their phones every few minutes or seconds. It’s like they want to be continually connected.”
“Continually connected,” Stan repeated. “That’s a good way to describe it.”
“Just think,” he added, “how great it would be if that many people sought to be continually connected with God.”
“Continually connected to God? Is that possible?”
“It’s not only possible,” Stan replied, “but I think that’s what God intends.”
“For each one of us to be continually connected to Him? You really believe that?”
“I do,” Stan responded. “And I think the apostle Paul, to name just one, also believed that. Paul wrote about being devoted to prayer, as well as to pray without ceasing.”
“So,” I said, “prayer is not just for certain times or in certain places. Is that it?”
“That’s it,” Stan replied. “Praying at church or in prayer meetings is, of course, essential, as is having private times of prayer each day, but I also believe that prayer is intended to be a continuous conversation with God.”
“If that’s true,” I responded, “won’t prayer get in the way of getting anything else done?”
“I don’t think so,” Stan said emphatically. “If I’m constantly and continuously connected with the Lord God Almighty, His Holy Spirit will lead me with assurance that I’m doing all He has for me to do.”
Continuing, he added, “Modern technology is a great way to be connected with other people, but it has to be kept in the proper perspective. We shouldn’t let the modern outweigh the age-old provision of connection with God.
Bible verses to consider:
Devote yourselves to prayer. Colossians 4:3.
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you provide the way to be continuously connected with you through prayer. I confess that way too often I don’t stay connected with you as well as you intend because I choose to be connected elsewhere. Please forgive the foolishness of not staying connected with you. Help me to follow every step of your lead in being connected to you in ways that far outweigh my desire to be connected elsewhere. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Think on this: Are you connected to God in the eternal sense so you know you will spend eternity in His presence? If no, why have you not accepted His free and gracious provision? If you are a Christian with the assurance of salvation and redemption, how are you doing with staying connected to God while you remain on this side of eternity? If you sense the need for change in any of this, how is that change going to happen? Two Bible verses are listed for you to consider. What does it mean to you to be devoted to prayer and to pray without ceasing?
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Great thought on being constantly connected through prayer! That is God’s desire, to be connected with us in a powerful, intimate way in order to direct and use us in this fallen world. This may be the number one evidence of true faith, when one testifies that God speaks to him constantly through the Word and prayer, and we respond to Him in prayerful worship and obedience.