Have you ever talked to God this way…
Hey God, can you help me with this test?
Hey God, can you help me feel better?
Hey God, can you help me beat my opponent in this race?
Hey God, can you help it to be sunny outside?
Hey God, can you help ____ to like me?
We all do it!
We do not talk to people that way. That’s because for us to have a healthy relationship, our conversations cannot only be asking the other person to do things for us. For us to have a good relationship, we need to talk like normal people, such as…
How was your day?
What did you like about the movie we watched together?
What are you stressed about?
How can I help you?
This may all seem like common sense, you know “having normal conversations with people”. So why is this the way we are (wired)?
God created us this way.
Now before you write me off, I want to acknowledge that if you are still unsure about this whole God thing, I am really glad you are here. I hope you will take a moment to listen to my reasoning for why God has influenced how we communicate.
We are told that in the beginning when all things were being created, the God had just finished designing birds, trees, sky and leaves, fish and reptiles, dinosaurs and mammals. But when He got to creating people, he switched things up. He created them to be like Him, that is that they would have emotions, could think and reason, and that they would desire to have connections with other people (and with their creator.)
Therefore, I believe that God absolutely exists because He gave us this unique ability to have a relationship with Him. In no other religious system do you see this occur. That’s what so unique about the Christian faith.
Sometimes people say they have no idea what to say to God. This is what Jesus told us [Matthew 6:5-13] we can do…
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.
May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation,but rescue us from the evil one.”
I have a simple challenge: to talk to God.