I have to admit that I’m something of a technophobe. While I do make use of a few digital devices—a desktop computer, cell phone (not a smart one) and a Kindle — compared to my kids, I am living in the Stone Age.
I have a Facebook account but, except for checking up on those aforementioned kids, I don’t get on it very often. I’m just not that interested that somebody is baking cookies today or has an allergy flare-up. (With apologies to my little group of “Friends”.) I find the rapid changes in technology and the massive amount of information coming at me kind of overwhelming. I also wonder what long-term effects this constant connectedness and technological dependence will have on society.
Though I sound like a curmudgeon, I am extremely grateful for the ease with which I am able to stay in touch with family and friends, and for the ability to instantly communicate with people around the world. It’s all pretty amazing to me.
But even more amazing is the fact that — without the aid of any sort of technology whatsoever — we can have instant communication between earth and heaven. We can immediately locate our Maker without the help of Mapquest or GPS. At any time of the day or night we can have direct access to the God of the universe. Jesus Christ is the only “Server” we need.
Through His death and resurrection the way has been opened for us to be reconciled and restored to God. When we accept Jesus by faith as Lord and Savior, God the Father accepts us as His children. And it is in Jesus’ name and by his authority that we can come to God in prayer 24/7. “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Jesus encourages us to pray boldly and expectantly when he says: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you…know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:7, 9-11).
It’s been said that heaven must be full of answers to prayers for which no one ever bothered to ask. How often do we neglect the incredible privilege of being able to talk to God anywhere and at anytime? He wants to stay connected with us. He wants to meet us at our point of need. He wants to give us his good gifts. And so he invites us: “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and wondrous things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). Why not give Him a call right now?
– Paul Kling is the senior pastor at Watertown Evangelical Free Church.