2007-07-17 - Reality Check
Reality shows are everywhere these days. Some people survive, others become idols but I wonder if they are being real. Often times we aren't real with one another. We're not even genuine with God I think. We say our little prayers, repeating words that our parents taught us or words that we've heard others say in church.
Come on - get real. That's what God wants.
Matthew 6:5-7 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Examine the prayers of David from the Psalms. He didn't try to sound big and macho. He cried for help with very real problems and confessed very real sins. Examine the prayers of Jesus from the gospels. He too prayed about how he really felt. These were the cries of real people to a real God. That's what God wants when we pray; he wants us to be real. He doesn't want us trying to sound fancy and churchy he wants to talk to us. He wants to be with us not with some public face we put up. He sees through the facade. He is your Lord and Savior but what he really wants is to be your friend and walk with you like he did with Adam before the fall and with men like Enoch and Moses. Can you imagine the joy of walking side by side with God Almighty? But before you can really walk with him you have to really talk with him.
Just drop all that is not genuine and be real. Get real with God. Let your guard down and let God be your friend.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.