“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”Matthew 7:7-8
In my humble opinion, we have a crisis of prayer in the church. That crisis is twofold.
First, there are many who rarely pray. Their life is often a one-sided affair where they just expect the Lord to be there doing his thing, but never acknowledge or thank him, let alone tell him they love him.
The second is almost as destructive. I call this the “Santa Claus Syndrome.” This is the habit of asking God for things, but seldom if ever asking God what he wants from us. The consolation prize is that these people are at least acknowledging God’s existence, even if it is solely through and expectation that he will deliver the goods.
It makes me wonder what “42” thinks and feels if we ignore him or only acknowledge him if we wants something? I guess it might be like ignoring my wife, asking her to do my bidding, and never saying “thank you” or “I love you.”
Scriptures constantly use the metaphor of marriage when it comes to the Lord and his people; he is the bridegroom and we are his bride. When the people stop acknowledging God, or begin acting contrary to the covenantal relationship, things always seem to fall apart. Yet “42” is always faithful and waits for his bride to return to him even when she has been unfaithful.
So let’s tackle this crisis head on. Spend some time talking with “42.” Acknowledge him and ask what you can do for him rather than handing him a list of things you want. And most importantly, tell him that you appreciate and love him!