911 or Dating?

My sister’s family visited here this summer and stayed for seven weeks. We had a great time traveling together. However, my brother-in-law and nephew spent a lot of time on their phones and tablets gaming and checking social media. They were attached to their gadgets, so we did not have much chance to talk to each other. The 10 hours of driving each day could have been a good opportunity to develop closer relationships through conversation. Even during dinner, they were tuned to their phones. My family wished they would have had more conversation with us.

The world is busy and we are busy following the world’s fast pace. More than ever before, it is easy to check the news, friends’ stories and pictures. However, it is difficult to find our own family time. It is even more difficult to find our prayer time among these distractions. 

We are busy, but we need to make ourselves available to God. Prayer is an important and essential part that God wants us to do often as disciples of Christ. Prayer is the way we can have a close relationship with God. It should not be something we do just when we have spare time, before mealtime or before bedtime.

We should turn off our phones and computers and talk to God. It is important to have good relationships with people, but we should remember that a good relationship with God is more important.

Jonah prayed to God from the belly of the fish, “I called to the Lord out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me.”

Jonah prayed and cried out hard for three days while he was in a hopeless and terrifying situation.

We often ask God for help like Jonah when we are in a desperate moment. However, God is not a 911 call center operator. God wants us to have a consistent relationship, not just for when we are in need, but more often for honoring, praising and thanksgiving.

Jonah finished his prayer with thanksgiving: “But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.” 

What if we offer thanksgiving to God as we wake up, as we walk and as we work? What if we have a date with God through prayer? God will be pleased with our willingness to have a closer relationship with Him!

Seung-Won Cho
Director of Traditional Music Ministries