I’ve heard it said about relationships that time without communication is a healthy thing. Try telling that to newlyweds, teenagers connected to their phones around the clock, or the wife of a soldier on active service half-way across the world and you may not get the same positive response. But there is some truth in the statement. As human beings, we undeniably need time and space in our relationships to be on our own. Time where we can gather our thoughts, allow for genuine inspiration, and have a chance to really find out what it is we think is truly important in life. And as they say, absence only makes the heart grow fonder.
However, though this is true of our earthly relationships, can it be said of our relationship with God in heaven? Were we made as human beings to crave time-out from communication with God? Does it seem likely that every now and then God switches off the receiver and has a little break from all us little humans down below? I think not! The Bible shows us that God is present through all space and time, that he has always been and always will be. Proverbs 15:3 quite cheekily sums this up: “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” God is always present with us, watching us, guiding us and protecting us through the Holy Spirit. I don’t think it is even possible to be absent from God, so you can forget about that helping the heart grow fonder!
The truth is that God made us to be in constant, unceasing, never ending relationship and communication with him. There are times when we might not talk to him, when we might forget or not feel his presence, but we are made to always be in communication of some form or another with God. Doing this can simultaneously be one of the biggest struggles, as well as one of the biggest joys in the life of a Christian. I know it is for me!
So I would like to encourage you to be a clingy Christian. There is nothing wrong with saying a prayer even if you already said one two minutes ago – God is always listening. There is nothing wrong with telling God about the most trivial of anxieties – he is always interested. There is everything right about trusting your thoughts, your plans and your actions to the will of our father in heaven – God is always willing to help!
Lastly, I’d like to share some verses from the Bible that are a huge encouragement. Happy praying!
“Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
- James 5:14-16
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.”
- Psalm 107:28-30
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 4:6-7