Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Let's Have A Drink
For many of us, prayer was something we were taught to do in order to get something else. Right? That something else might have included a better day, a better job, a better outcome, a better future, a better wife or a better husband, but in any case, praying wasn’t THE THING, getting something because of it was the thing. Prayer was a little like calling heavenly room service. That’s cool.
However, lots of us have virtually stopped praying because we’ve found that prayer doesn’t often give us the something else we wanted. It’s not reliable. Prayer has become more about disappointment than fulfillment, so how many of us who have been around awhile really want to do it anymore? I mean, c’mon—if a strategy doesn’t work, why would you keep doing it?
But before I was taught how to strategize my life by praying the "right way," I accidentally got to know God in prayer. I found that God was like my own personal fountain of youth—Ponce de Leon was on the right track, he just looked in the wrong place. God showed Himself to be like a spring of water that I could visit anytime simply by taking a few steps away from the dry flatlands of the visible and temporary world, toward the peaks of the invisible and eternal. My best expression before prayer was, “I simply want to be with you!” In other words, “I thirst.”
Prayer is more about jumping into the pool of the Spirit, and less about directing the water. If prayer is going to be satisfying, let alone inviting, it must provide revival and deliverance for the one making the jump. It must be more like a homecoming than a going to work.
If God is, in fact, like a spring of life, a fountain of revival—and He says He is—then all I have to offer Him is my thirst. I can do that. The best way to glorify my Mountain Spring is to get to it as often as I need or want and to drink to satisfaction. And once I arrive at the Spring, I’m not going to try to dazzle the water with praise and thanksgiving, as if the Water doesn’t know how good it is and that it’s just what I need, or as if it will remove itself or dry up if don’t.
Drink the water! It’s made for us.
It would be foolish to drag water from the desert flatlands up to the spring, there to pour it in, hoping to make something more of it, hoping to make it go somewhere else or look different.
Prayer is bringing to God my thirst for Him. The way to please the Mountain Spring, the way to please God is to come to Him to get and not to give, to drink and not to water. Every time I approach the Spring it is because I have found its water to be everything I need—that’s how God is glorified by me.
I believe He is who He says He is, and my efforts related to wanting Him and finding Him is how the spring of living water now in me bubbles up as His satisfying life. He has planned for that.
So whatever it is that makes me thirsty—frustration, chaos, futility, lust, covetousness, hopelessness, envy, weakness, arrogance, pride, anger, unbelief, the government or gas prices—I want to be quicker to head for water. And since He now lives in me, since the Spring of water is so close, I can silently turn my thoughts toward Him in the confident hope that satisfaction and water wait for me. Anything(!) that surfaces my need is the avenue toward the Spring. It’s an opportunity to drink. My satisfaction and His glory through meeting the need are the result. You and I are set up for this.
So if prayer is about drinking, have one on me. Make it a big one.
(This is a transcript of yesterday’s video, “Let’s Have A Drink,” and is for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video and to subscribe to them if you want, click http://youtu.be/qc4d8Sjb514.)