The first time you really tasted God’s presence in a powerful way is like a kid’s first ice cream. Do you remember the first time you gave your kids ice cream? It was all over after that. They want it again and again; they crave it. Why do you think the Psalmists say, “As a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God? My soul thirsts for God, for the Living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Ps. 42:1-2. Something tells me he didn’t get this way because time with God was dull or unpleasant. Ps. 84:2,10 “My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the Living God. Better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere.” And the prophet Isaiah calls out, “My soul yearns for You in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for You.” (Is.26:9)
There’s no low rent angel answering and saying He can work you in next Thursday or, can I take a message? We go straight to the top, to the High King of Heaven, the Great I AM. Deut. 4:7 God says in Jer. 29:12 “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” We have His attention, His full loving attention. What a magnificent privilege! Gordon Lindsay wrote: “It is in recognizing the actual presence of God that we find prayer no longer a chore, but a supreme delight.”
So prayer is a huge key to unlocking our potential. Talking to God, learning to be like Christ, and showing Christ to others is a great privilege. This is why prayer should be a priority.
THINK IT THROUGH
How can you be more aware of the privilege of prayer?
What is calling you to become through cravings of communion with Him?