For those who aren’t tech-savvy, dial-up service, which you might know better as DSL, was how we used to connect to the Internet, and always had that tweetle-like noise as it was connecting.
It was as slow as molasses flowing uphill against the wind in November… in Maine!
Now, fiber optic is the speediest form of connection we have today, and about ten times faster than the old DSL connection.
So, nu? What the heck does this nerdy stuff have to do with God?
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Being a nerd, myself, I was wondering about this: since our connection with God is (for most of us) through prayer, is the prayer relationship we have with God one that is sluggish as DSL or speedy as fiber?
For example, when praying, do you go through a series of Shakespearean statements like this example:
Oh Lord, thou art the great one. I prayeth to thee now, seeking thy goodness, to be gracious to me and giveth thy servant all that thy servant requesteth of thee.
Or do you do as I do, which is simply to say something along the lines of:
Lord, thank you for the blessings you give and please hear my request.
Can you see what I mean? Dial-up or fiber?
Now, I am not condemning anyone who wants to pray as they used to pray in the Bible, but do you really think that you get any extra points for that? In truth, didn’t Yeshua tell us to pray in a simple, precise manner?
In Matthew 6, isn’t the template he gave us for how to pray rather simple? When we read in 1 Kings 8:22-53, when Solomon prayed to God at the dedication of the Temple, now that was a prayer! But geeze! It went on and on, and it had to because, well, what else were the people there going to do?
It’s not like they had a plane to catch, or that they had to get back home in time to watch the game on TV.
And that prayer is beautiful, but let’s face it- Solomon was the wisest king of all time praying at the dedication of the most glamorous temple ever built to the one true God. I mean, okay, let’s not cut that one short.
But when you and I pray to God in the privacy of our home, or car, or wherever, and especially when praying publicly in your house of worship… well, c’mon. Let’s get real- that’s not the same.
I believe (and you can disagree with me- that’s OK) that God isn’t listening for fancy speech or ornate prayer, but rather for a humble and heartfelt need that we bring before him for help. I really believe that all God wants is a simple request, a request for just what we need, humbly coming before him and acknowledging that we are unfit, and come before him in the righteousness of Yeshua, our Messiah, whose sacrifice made it possible for us to approach the Holy One of Israel.
So, my point today is that when we pray, in my (probably) less-humble-than-it-should-be opinion, we should all maintain the KISS rule (Keep It Simple, Schlemiel) because God already knows what we want, and he knows better than any of us what we really need, and I really don’t think he is impressed by spectacular verbiage or King James style pronunciations.
God wants humble, honest, and worshipful prayer; ya know what? -when it comes down to it, you don’t even need to speak. Just let your heart talk for you.
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