Access to God
“But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”
Jude 20-21 (NIV UK)
Earlier this summer, a heat wave swept through Southern California. Our air conditioners worked overtime to keep us all cool here at our headquarters building. But as you can imagine, there just wasn’t enough power to go around. Suddenly, our entire office blacked out—lights, air conditioning and Internet all came crashing down at once.
I felt so disconnected!
I couldn’t Google what had happened. Mobile phone service was down—so I couldn’t text my wife and daughter. And the power was cut at the office! As I sat there in the darkness, I realised just how much I took all these modern conveniences for granted—and just how lost I was without them.
Fortunately, when I think about our connection with God, there is no power ‘outage’ big enough or digital interruption great enough to keep us from access to the Father. Unlike a faulty Internet connection, our God is always available, no matter what the circumstances—twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. There’s nothing that can keep us from accessing his grace and love.
In his collections of essays on Christianity, C. S. Lewis wrote about what it looks like to see prayer in action. “An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get into touch with God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through Christ, the Man who was God—that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray, praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying—the goal he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him, which is pushing him on—the motive power. God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal” (Lewis, Mere Christianity, chapter 24).
I love that illustration of us being prompted to pray by God himself, by the Holy Spirit dwelling within. And that Christ is interceding on our behalf and praying with and for us. Truly there is nothing that can keep us from our God.
Holy Father, thank you for all that we know you do for us, and also for the many things done that really we don’t know that you do. In all things you demonstrate your love, concern and mercy for us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach
About the Author:
Joseph Tkach is the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. You are welcome to attend one of our local Church congregations located throughout the UK and Ireland. For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.