“Now you can truly connect anywhere! Keep in touch with the world below, even as you fly high above it. Easy Wi-Fi connectivity keeps you close to what matters. Get online in 3 easy steps…” This was the heading and compelling statement on the card the airline dude handed me as I stepped onto the Boeing 757 bound for Minneapolis from Detroit. I was tempted by the cards promise to keep me connected but for $9.95 I decided it wasn’t worth it. I was planning on using my Mac to catch up on some computing tasks during the two hour flight, but connection to the WorldWideWeb wasn’t necessary.
What’s funny about all this is that I’m as close to what matters as I want to be; assuming that ‘what matters’ is my relationship with God. At any given moment I’m connected to Him through prayer.
During a recent meeting, I was watching a bird perched on a tree branch through a nearby window. It was there the entire 90 minute session so I assumed it was sleeping. Have you ever watched a bird sleeping on its perch and never fall off? How does it manage to do this? The secret is the tendons in the bird’s legs. They are so designed that when the leg is bent at the knee, the claws contract and grip like a vice. The claws refuse to let go until the knees are unbent again. Interesting that a bent knee provides so much support for a bird don’t you think?
All this leads to me a question: Do I have a habit of regular prayer – knee bending prayer? Do you? I am not asking if our prayers are perfect or if we’re negligent at times. But is prayer a habit? Here’s a quick list of habits you might have: Sleeping, eating, exercising, recreating, going to work, going to school, taking a shower, shaving, spending time with friends… But what about prayer? Do you have regular habit of spending time with God during prayer? If not, are you ready to start?
If you are not sure how to pray, don’t despair! Prayer is simply having a conversation with God just like you would have a conversation with anyone. It’s great to have conversations with the Creator of the universe and make requests of Him but it’s also great to take time to listen. Just like being connected to the internet provides upload and download capabilities for your computer or other type of device, prayer allows us to upload (pray for requests) and download (listening to what He would say to us) in our relationship with God. And, the best part is you don’t need $9.95 to get connected – you just need a moment.