So many of us struggle with communication in our relationships, and I’ll be the first to admit that I am the worst.
Plenty of times I have viewed communication with my loved ones as an obligation or something to check off my to-do list. But I’ve learned that communication is much more than a task.
Communication actually is the relationship.
And since prayer is our main form of communication with God, prayer is our relationship with God.
Here are 4 ways we can look at our relationships with people to learn about our relationship with God.
1. Are you distant?
Imagine if your spouse put everything before you and gave you only the scraps of their spare time, and then used systematic, habitual communication with you. What if they solely talked to you when they were either extremely happy or extremely sad? What if they only talked to you briefly, maybe a minute in the morning and a minute before bed? Even if some of these conversations were deep and amazing, you would still be heartbroken and always yearning for more of them.
This quote from Richard Foster is a wonderful description of how God feels when we may treat Him this way:
“Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to him. He grieves that we have forgotten him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence. He is inviting you – and me – to come home, to come home to where we belong, to come home to that for which we were created. His arms are stretched out wide to receive us. His heart is enlarged to take us in.” – Richard Foster