“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21 (KJV)
This has been my fault, of late. Perhaps you share the share situation, with me. We do not have to be ashamed but can grow from our lack, for it is our lack which works in reverse, causes us to grow, to press closer to God.
I have a confession to make: I have never prayed as a “free” man the way I prayed when I was imprisoned. This is a fact. I had set times when I prayed and literally, I know what it means to begin praying and hours would have gone by, unnoticed and not cognizant. It was not because of some imminent danger or concern but I desired to be in the company of God and He honored my desire and surrounded me, kept me from concern and distraction. There is a text I know personally. It is,
“Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went.” John 6:21 (KJV)
This is profound. Take a concordance and see how many “immediately” you will find in dealing with Christ in the Gospels. It is amazing because when you are with Christ, “immediately” things happen. I began in prayer not knowing how long it would take and “immediately” I was on the other side not aware of how I got there but knowing I arrived safely and soundly.
But, things are well. There is no one with jangling keys closing doors behind me. And as evidence of this “freedom” comes the distractions, the interruptions, the lack of immediate concerns which puts me back on my knees and in the “Throne Room” of God. We’re told to spend time in our “closet” but they’re often filled with more than shoes, clothes and stuff. We forget what it meant to go inside and close the door and spend awhile. Well, until a tragedy occurs.
How many of you would enjoy the company of a relative or friend who only stops by when there is something wrong in their life? How many of you are guilty of doing this, to God? If you hadn’t seen, my hand is rising. Why is it I need something to drive me to my knees? Why can I not make it a point to get in that position when things are going smoothly, for this is the key to keep them that way. I wonder if it were possible to take the amount of prayer I did during my years of addiction and compared them with the years of being restored, which would be the heaviest on the scale of measurement. Does it take a tragedy to get us some face-time with God? Well, God will be more than willing to honor you with such a request but I do believe He’d like to hear from you a bit more often, especially when He’s blessing you.
March 5, 2015