I was listening to the Christian radio station this morning and heard an ad for something called a Prayer Ring. The idea behind it is to encourage groups or families to pray together by holding the ring, and also as a reminder to pray. On the surface it seems like a good idea. To me it screams “gimmick” and the condition of society today that is so busy doing busy things that we become too busy to do anything that will build our relationship with God. We are more interested in what celebrities are tweeting about their insignificant lives than we are about the very significant life of our Savior.
I know of what I am talking about. I made myself busy doing a lot of nothing but feeling sorry for myself, depressed about my situation, and indulging in and seeking solace from my secret sin of sexual fantasies. It never satisfied. Never. I have a Twitter account but I stopped using it. It was exactly what I thought it was, celebrities and others tweeting mostly nonsense and I quickly got bored with it. I have no interest in any of that. On occasion I go on my Twitter account but that is usually every three months.
Now, I only care about my Lord and Savior, His church, my family and my church family. Why did I run away from God for all those years? I was never so lonely in my life as I was during those years. It took me 35 years to realize my only solace can be found in time spent with the Living Savior.
All this instant access and instant gratification through 300 channels of TV, cell phones and the internet, has led to impatience and a restless mind. I cannot, and will not, sit long enough to wait on the Lord. I try to pencil Him in into my self-important, busy schedule, and telling Him to make an appointment so the Spirit can speak to me. The Prayer Ring only confirms this. I shouldn’t need a reminder to pray, and I should be setting aside my schedule to make time for God. The Psalmists say it over and over:
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 5:3
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 37:7
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
This is just a small sampling. I should be “boldly approaching the throne of God” with my requests, with a pure heart and conscience, and laying my needs and requests at His feet, or just to spend time in His Presence.
The Father has been patient with us while we stumble through His teaching of love, obedience and sacrifice. I need to be patient and wait for the voice of the Spirit.