21st September 2020
“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; He hears their cry and saves them.”
Psalm 145:18-19 (NIV)
Last weekend I was scrolling on Facebook and saw that an acquaintance (who is not a Christian) had written a status that made me think she was not doing well. I decided to send her a message to see if she was OK. It turned out that her cousin had just suddenly passed away at 34 years of age. I told her that I would be praying for her and her family. The conversation that happened after that took me by surprise. She started off by blaming God and implying that there’s nothing to say to Him. To be fair to her, she has had it pretty tough the past couple of years. As the conversation continued, she started to soften, and I saw something change. She said, “I feel like I need to find him because I’ve gone this long fighting it. How do I even talk to him?”. My heart was so happy, but I also felt this weight of responsibility to answer her question in the most simple, easy to understand but profound way that I could. Then I realised that I was making it way more complicated than it needed to be, and all I needed to tell her was to simply “just talk”. I pointed her in the direction of some worship music and invited her to our next Young Adults gathering. I feel like so often we overcomplicate God. The Bible says that “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth”. There is no secret recipe or formula to contact God. If you call on Him, He will listen.
“…but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” (Psalm 66:19 NIV)
Talk to God. Talk to Him on your way to work. Talk to Him when you’ve had a win throughout your day. Talk to Him when you’re struggling.
Just simply talk.