Does God want us to talk to him? Do we want to talk to God? How do we talk to God?
Countess prayers are written to cover all topics imaginable, crafted to make an appeal; to honor; to thank. The prayers help us get started to open up a conversation, albeit more of a monologue. Imagine making a phone call to a friend and reading from a script. Of course, God listens and is present in our lives even though we feel we are not making a connection.
But here is God, deciding if and when he might tell Abraham that the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great that God must see for himself. I mean to find out. What follows is an incredible dialog between Abraham and God. Abraham has no compunction about engaging in a persistent, bartering session with God but with a humble demeanor and a strong sense of justice. The innocent should not be punished. Abraham stands his ground and is dismissed to find ten innocent people. Here is the just and sympathetic leader God has chosen to lead. Abraham’s relationship with God is to be emulated.
However, Abraham’s dialog is more than a petition. He has embarked on the kind of dialog that is a conversation—an exchange. God was present to him. We have a vision of God appearing before us; our faith carries us into a dialog with God. We talk and then listen. Conversations taking place simultaneously do not presume good listening.
Today’s social media is more about telling than about understanding. Dialog is between two people present to each other. Just as our social skills are hampered by distance, so too, if God seems distant, perhaps it would be an excellent time to sit down and talk to God.
Let Us Pray:
Stay awhile, the wind whispers through the trees. Find comfort here. Then, God finds me, and I am not lost in the woods, and we walk together.
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