The Disconnect Between Us, God, and Others Devotional Reading and Podcast
Believe it or not, there was an era in which people called and visited each other to provide emotional and spiritual support. I can recall when my Aunt passed, I received numerous bereavement text messages, but not one person actually called to speak to me.
I love the advancements in technology, but unfortunately, the Christian community has adapted to the ways of the world—sending text messages, only calling if there are no other options. With this mindset, we are not only disconnected emotionally from family and friends but we are also disconnected spiritually from God.
“The voice is the main communication tool. It gives features to language that go beyond cognitive communication. It translates feelings, emotions…” Viva Voice: The Power of the Human Voice
“Research by Chicago Booth’s Nicholas Epley suggests that no matter what the next innovation in communication might be, there is no substitute for the human voice when it comes to conveying one’s humanity, intelligence, and state of mind.” https://www.chicagobooth.edu/
Pew Research Center performed a survey among American Christians on the Frequency of daily prayer. From ages 18-29, only 15% prayed once a day and only 30% between the ages of 50-64 prayed daily.
The habits we form easily become a permanent part of our characters. The marked decrease in verbal communication with others has also impacted our communication with God. Yet, we cannot approach the lack of prayer from a behavioral aspect. Considering that prayer is our only method of communication with the Divine-Triune God, statistics indicate that we are in a spiritual crisis.
“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” —Matthew 6:6
Prayer connects humanity to Divinity. Jesus created us to rely on His Strength and Divine Intervention. Every day, we face the battles of Spiritual Warfare that we cannot win from our efforts. Without praying daily for strength and help, we will never receive victory over the rigorous vicissitudes of life.
Trust God and Go Deep [With Your Faith]
Don’t hesitate to pray. In your private moments, lift your hands in complete surrender to God. Pray whether aloud or silently, consistently throughout your day. Our prayers reach heaven anytime, day or night. Praying during times of peace strengthens your faith and trust in God, helping you to rely on His promises when faced with adversity that lingers.
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” —Psalm 150:6
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” —Colossians 3:16
Reflecting on our earthly habits and comparing them to the Scriptures provides us with our right standing with God. Thanking God with Prayer and Praise is our sacrificial offering of gratitude for the love and sacrifice of God, the Father, God, Jesus, His Son, and God, the Holy Spirit for the love, grace, and mercy we receive every day.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” —Romans 12:2, NLT
We are disciples, followers of Christ, and missionaries. Take the time to use your voice by calling someone to speak words of encouragement. We live in a world of chaos, despair, and sorrow. The very person who we think would not accept prayer [and we use this as a reason not to ask if we can pray for them] will probably say, yes. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
Pitfall: Do not allow your prayers to become all about yourself. Our prayers are usually asking God for blessings. When we pray for others, God honors our love and compassion and also blesses us. Praying for others also allows our characters to be molded into the likeness of Christ.
Develop a habit of consistent prayer and praise, allowing it to permeate your daily life. The frequency of our communication with God is a direct reflection of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Through prayer, the Holy Spirit is able to bestow upon us anointing, power, wisdom, and discernment. Without prayer, we cannot receive healing or attain eternal life.
Our worship on earth is preparing us for a forever life in the New Heaven and New Earth. Changing our lives to include prayer and praises of thanksgiving prepares us to receive our Heavenly Crown and Robe of Righteousness.
Remember only the prayer of humility can soften our stony, selfish hearts. Faith flourishes when we have a close relationship with Christ. Prayer and Praise change our outlook. We gain courage from Prayer and Praise. Prayer is the key to Victory through Jesus. Our strength comes from the Lord!
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” —Psalm 121:1-2
Prayer: God, we come to You desperately seeking forgiveness for our lack of consistent prayer and praise. We ask You for Divine guidance for our journey of life. We desire to have a closer relationship with You. And we pray for those who are in despair, sorrow, and in need of daily provisions. We ask You to bless them by providing for their needs. In Jesus’ Worthy Name, we pray, Amen.
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