I’ve worked on the Internet for years and I’ve seen technology grow in ways I never thought possible. Who could have predicted the world would become so small? The greatest gift of the Internet is the power to erase separation. I can communicate to a friend across town just as quickly as I can a friend on the other side of the world. The joys of the Internet are not without their faults, with great convenience comes great hassle.
The most annoying byproduct of Internet communication has got to be SPAM e-mail. As if normal junk mail wasn’t bad enough, now we live in the age of junk e-mail. There is nothing more frustrating than having the excitement of receiving a new message, only to then find out that the message has nothing to do with you.
I wonder sometimes if God feels the same way about the messages I send. I think about my prayer life and how often I address the message to Him but seem to only talk about me. Does he feel that same excitement when he hears me start to speak, only to be disappointed when I talk only about myself?
This scripture comes to mind:
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
Too often my prayers lack joy and gladness. I think about the ways that God has helped me in the past and, instead of thanking him, I ask for more. There are an infinite number of things that I could thank God for and even though he knows I’m thankful, it’s still good to say it is sometimes.
I encourage you to examine your own prayers and see if there are some ways you could bring the focus back to God. If you have any questions about prayer, please drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.