I have a friend. We have been friends for almost 30 years now. we spent a lot of time together years ago, sometimes we would call each other on the phone and talk for hours. I still love talking to her but unless I make the first move and call her she never calls me. I understand, after all I know she has a busy life, she has 2 daughters and a husband and she works a few days a week. It would be nice though if she would call me sometimes. When I call her she says she will call me but I'm glad I didn't hold my breath.
I have two other friends that I share a house with. we have lived together for 14 years. They are a married couple and I have a room in their house. Even though they like to have times when they are alone, they always have time for me. If I go a day without talking to them I regret it. Sometimes we don't even talk but just sit silently together, only speaking when we have something to say.
So what does this have to do with prayer? i was thinking about this today. It seems like when bad things happen in our lives we are constantly calling out to Hashem for help but when things are going ok we don't' always remember to pray. I know that some of you who are reading this come from a Jewish or Messianic background and that you pray 3 times a day and that's great. i guess that can be a real incentive to lay aside your busyness and take some time for God. I pray twice a day but sometimes I think "I want to pray, Father, but I don't really know what to pray about." sometimes I have things on my mind and it's good to talk to Hashem about them but sometimes I just rest in His presence, speaking if I have something to say and listening to see if He has something to say to me.
the point is, He is always available any time we want to talk to Him. More than that, He wants us to come talk to him as often as we can, even if there's nothing specific we have to say to Him. he knows that we are busy with different things but He wants as much of our time as we are prepared to give Him. Hashem wants to be involved in the things we do. He knows we can't always drop everything and get on our knees, sometimes all we can do is send up a prayer while we're working and He accepts that. He is glad when we spend time with him, no matter how long or short. That thought just makes me want to praise Him! The God of the universe wants to have a relationship with me and wants me to know Him and communicate with Him at any time!
The more effort we put into our relationship with Hashem the more our love and faith in Him is going to grow and the more we will know him. We can't get to know someone without talking to them and we get to know them as we spend time with them, that is why prayer and bible study are vital for those who are children of God.
Father i thank you that you love us and that because of your grace and mercy you have made us part of your family through the death and resurrection of our Messiah Yeshua. help us to make more time for you even in the midst of our busyness. Thank you that you are always there for us whenever we reach out to you. I praise you Adonai and thank you for your love and kindness. Amen.