6 “What is the price of five sparrows—two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them. 7 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.” Luke 12:6 – 7 NLT
Sometimes we forget how God is interested in even the little details of our lives.
1 The earth and everything in it,
the world and its inhabitants,
belong to the Lord;
2 for he laid its foundation on the seas
and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1 – 2 CSB
What does it mean for everything to belong to the Lord?
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant. Psalm 25:14 ESV
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6 ESV
All of Life Comes Together
The place of prayer is where all of life comes together. It is where we see ourselves as we really are. All the pretense is stripped away. It is also the place where we see God as He is. In prayer the glory of His splendor is perceived like nowhere else. It is in prayer that we begin to see our circumstances in the light of absolute reality. Everything becomes clear when we enter in and truly pray.
Why Do We Hesitate?
So why do we hesitate to enter the place of prayer? One reason is largely because prayer has a feeling of being unreal. We don’t feel like we are doing anything. In a world where it is demanded that we produce, that’s huge! We also have our pride to overcome. From the beginning man has always balked at admitting how dependent on the Lord He really is. We like to think we can handle things on our own.
To Those Who Know
To those who know what prayer truly is, however, it is the most real thing in the world. It is the place where they get in touch with reality rather than escaping from it. Prayer is also the home of the humble. They will be the ones who continually see the Lord acting on their behalf. They will have a continual testimony of the reality and greatness of their God.
Run to It
Instead of running away from prayer, we need to run to it. Those who abide in the place of prayer are those who get a good taste of what it is like living in the Reign.
It has been said many times by many people that love has to look like something. Very true. The problem we have is that love looks different to each individual person. To me love may look like someone bringing me coffee and a plate of cookies. To you love may look like a long walk with your significant other, or like playing with your grandkids. See what I mean? The question we really need to ask is, “What does love look like from God’s standpoint?” Fortunately He has painted us a picture just so we know.