Brokenness to Beauty

Transforming Your Brokenness into a Beautiful Life

Chapter 3: On Prayer–The First Communicator

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The scriptures often refer to God as loving, listening to, and blessing those who fear the Lord[1], who hold him in reverence and seek to live by His word. He is and always will be God—holy—much “other” than us. He is Creator, we are His creation. We must always approach Him in humility and with reverential fear. As the prophet Micah, in 6:8, put it so well, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”

We walk (live) before Him in humility and approach Him in prayer (talk to Him) with the same humility. Pride can’t coexist with humility, or with God! Oswald Chambers said, “only a child gets his prayers answered” [2] , and referenced Matthew 11:25, where Jesus thanked His Father for revealing His truths to children, not the wise and learned of the world. The truths of God are made known to those who have faith in and walk humbly with Him, like a child.

But who started the conversation?

God.

He has been initiating communication with mankind since He first created us. He blessed Adam and Eve, our first parents, telling them to have children and populate the earth. He gave them meaningful work, instructing them to be the overseers and caretakers of His creation, in fact, to rule over it; and He gave them the authority and provision to carry it out (Genesis 1:27-30).

Remember when God came to the garden when He walked and talked with Adam and Eve, the wind in the trees announcing His arrival? God was involved in their daily lives. Even after they ran and hid from Him because they had rebelled against the one thing He told them not to do—eat from the tree in the midst of the garden— He called out to them. God initiated communication. He desired Adam and Eve’s companionship and He desires ours as well. He likes being with us[3].

God initiated communication with us. He wants us to reciprocate. One way we do that is through prayer, in its many different forms.

[1] “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever …” (Psalm 19:9); “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)

[2] Oswald Chambers, ed. James Reimann, My Utmost for His Highest, ( Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 1992), October 17 selection.

[3]   Deuteronomy 30: 8-10; Psalm 18:19; Psalm 105:43

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