"I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer."
-- Psalm 17:6 (NIV)
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I had a friend recently ask me how she could contact me. She inquired if I have an email address, website, fax, cellphone, or other means of communication.
In this day and age, we have multiple ways people can contact us. Cell numbers are popular; so is text messaging. Many still have our house phones and still others have fax machines.
But even though we have the means for several types of contact, there are still times we get someone's voice mail, or experience the frustration of getting cut off in the middle of a conversation wondering if the other person can still hear us.
It's comforting to know communicating with God is much easier than trying to get a hold of our earthly friends.
God is omnipresent, which means he is everywhere. He is also omnipotent, which means he is powerful. He is not too busy running the universe to hear our requests as some believe. He has time for each one of us.
He doesn't place us on hold or ask us to leave a message on his answering machine. He hears us when we call him. When it comes to communing with God, we can be glad we don't have to contend with any of the barriers that keep us from connecting with others.
Wherever we are we can just say the name of Jesus, and discuss what's on our hearts; then stretch our faith to believe that he hears us.
The closest our modern technology comes to comparing how we commune with God is the utilization of a walkie-talkie. This provides instant communication with the recipient as it directly connects you to the other person.
The difference is, however, with God we don't need a signal, we just speak and are directly connected with him. The spiritual workings of it are a mystery to us.
If we search the Scriptures, we'll find there are many that teach on the topic of prayer -- that's how important it is to God that we talk with him.
Just as loving parents desire long-distance calls from their children, God devised a plan that we could call on him.
As man tries to produce better ways to communicate, we'll never be able to totally understand or replicate a better way of communicating than the simple way God gave us to call upon him.
Let's be sure to utilize that privilege and take advantage of the opportunities of divine communication.
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She will be speaking on the topic of prayer to the book club at Faith Lutheran Church, 600 Deerpath, Lake Forest, at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 8. Annettee Budzban can be contacted at Annetteebudzban@aol.com or (847) 543-8413. She is available to speak to groups and events.