I walked into the kitchen the other day to find my wife sitting and chatting with our eldest daughter. This was a conversation that could only happen in the 21st Century, given that our daughter lives and works in South Korea. Yes, it’s amazing what can be done with two laptops and a good internet connection!
Other than the fact that they are literally half a world apart, my wife and daughter’s conversation was as normal as they come. How’s the new job? Got plans for the weekend? Done anything exciting lately? Nothing out of the ordinary, simply the kind of talking and connecting that defines a family—except it was done over Skype rather than the kitchen table.
I’m in awe of the simplicity of it all. Today’s technology makes communication possible in a way that didn’t exist even a decade ago. The internet makes the world a lot smaller and a lot more accessible, and given that I have family living in Asia, that’s a very good thing.
But there’s another form of communication that is even more astounding. It reaches to the highest parts of heaven and even to the very throne of God. It is truly astonishing to think that the Lord of All would invite you and me to speak to Him, yet that is exactly what He does. In Matthew chapter 7 Jesus says to us:
Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
This is an invitation to prayer, of course. Jesus wants us to ask, seek, knock. He wants us to speak to Him, share our concerns with Him, converse with Him as if He were sitting at our kitchen table. In other words, Jesus wants us to pray. He commands it, in fact.
Perhaps it would be easier if Jesus were actually sitting at our table and we didn’t have to speak simply into the thin air where it feels like no one is listening. But let me ask you, if you could speak face to face with the Lord, what would say? What would you ask Him?
Maybe you’d have some complaints to make about things that have happened in your life—things that seem a bit unfair to you. Maybe there would be a lot of questions, a lot of asking why things have happened the way they have. Hopefully, you’d have a few words of thanks to the God who has given you earthly life and the promise of eternal life.
Praying can be difficult. It certainly is a faith exercise. But the promises associated with prayer cannot be ignored. Those who seek, will find. Those who knock, the door will be opened. Those who ask, will receive. May God strengthen our faith that we would speak to Him and He would answer according to His mercy and grace!