Today is the 15th of the month. That means it’s time to begin work on a new Siesta Scripture Memory Team verse. My choice this time is Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
In other words, talk to God about anything and everything His Spirit brings to mind at any time, all the time.
I. Just. Love. This.
Paul is encouraging us to talk to God, our constant companion, just like we would talk with our close friends.
To understand what this entails, stop and think about those close friends for a minute. What drew you to each other? What keeps you communicating whenever you get together? Why are you close friends?
It seems to me the essence of genuine friendship is shared interest. Mothers of young children like to get together to talk about their kids and the adventure of raising them. Book lovers like to talk about their favorite or the latest books. Christians like to talk about Jesus and what they’re learning about Him through God’s Word. Sports fans like to talk about their favorite teams. You get the idea. We meet people when something brings us to the same location. We talk about general things. If we have common interests and bump into each other often enough, we eventually become friends. If we don’t have much in common, we find other people to talk with. If we’re friends for a long while and some of our interests change, we remain friends because now, along with all our other interests, we’re also interested in each other’s lives. We care what happens to each other no matter what else has captured our attention. Friendships like this are the best!
The thing is: God is interested in absolutely everything that we’re interested in because He loves us that much! Even if the thing we’re interested in is something He’d rather we not be interested in because He knows it’s not good for us, He’s interested in listening to our thoughts about that thing because, if we’re talking to Him about it, He can help us understand why we might want to rethink our interest in that thing. He wants what’s best for us.
What’s more, He wants what’s best for everyone around us. When we talk to Him about people we care about, He cares, too. In fact, He already knows what’s going and how He’s going to handle the situation to help the person we’re concerned about. When we talk to Him about the situation, He gives us confidence and peace. He may give us direction, too, if there’s something we can or need to do.
Because God loves us so much and because He has wisdom to share and the ability to change what we cannot, it’s good to talk with Him “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” And because His Spirit is the One Who directs us to pray, it’s good “to be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” When we’re alert to God’s presence, we’ll notice His Spirit’s prompts to pray. We’ll talk to God about all kinds of things every single day. Our friendship with God will grow. We’ll care about what He cares about because we’ll love Him so much. Our friendship with Him will grow to be the best we will ever enjoy. And then we will discover, if we haven’t already, that enjoying that very friendship is the reason we exist. God created us for relationship with Him.
And it all starts with prayer. This must be why Paul told us to pray. It’s why I’m memorizing Ephesians 6:18. Will you join me?
Father, thank You for Your incomprehensibly-detailed interest in our lives. We know You love us. We love You, too. Please keep us alert to Your presence. Remind us often to pray. Amen.
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