Earlier this summer, a heat wave swept
through Southern California. Our air conditioners worked overtime to keep us
all cool here at headquarters. But as you can imagine, there just wasn’t enough
power to go around. Suddenly, our entire office blacked out – lights, air
conditioning and Internet all came crashing down at once.
I felt so disconnected!
I couldn’t Google what had happened.
Cell phone service was down – so I couldn’t text my wife and daughter. And the
power was out at the office! As I sat there in the darkness, I realized just
how much I took all these modern conveniences for granted – and just how lost I
was without them.
Fortunately, when I think about our
connection with God, there is no power outage big enough or digital
interruption great enough to keep us from access to the Father. Unlike a faulty
Internet connection, our God is always available, no matter what the
circumstances are – twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. There’s nothing
that can keep us from accessing his grace and love.
In his collections of essays on
Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote about what it looks like to see prayer in
action. “An ordinary simple Christian
kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with God. But if
he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God,
so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God
comes through Christ, the Man who was God – that Christ is standing beside him,
helping him to pray, praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the
thing to which he is praying – the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the
thing inside him, which is pushing him on – the motive power. God is also the
road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal” (Lewis, Mere Christianity, Ch. 24).
I love that illustration of us being
prompted to pray by God himself, by the Holy Spirit dwelling within. And that
Christ is interceding on our behalf and praying with and for us. There truly is
nothing that can keep us from our God.