I was struck as I read this: “Relationships develop when people spend time together. Spending time with God ought to be the essence of prayer. However, as it is usually practiced, prayer is more like a series of email or instant messages than hanging out together. Often it involves more talking than listening. It should not be a surprise that the result is a superficial relationship.” from “The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery” by David G. Benner
Life *is* busy. And just like my body can survive on fast food, my soul can survive on prayer texts and email messages.
But God is looking forward to a long conversation with me–one that will take more than a few minutes grabbed on the fly, and one where my attention is not so distracted that I never get around to actually having a dialogue with Him about what is really on my heart.
Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me. John 15:4