I’ll fly away…and pray

During our morning worship yesterday we were treated to a gorgeous accapella rendition of the old gospel favorite “I’ll Fly Away.” It was sung by a very talented sibling trio…who then brought their classical music training and instruments to bear in a seriously rousing instrumental version.  It was wonderful.

Shortly afterwards, we stood, joined in silent corporate prayer and I found myself thanking God for the hope that we have in Him, but asking why we focus so much on the “some glad morning” portion of our life and ignore today.  Why do we wait to ‘fly’ to Him now–right now?  You know, today…when we need Him. 

Many of us have grown accustomed to the concept of ‘praying continuously’ since Paul instucted the church to “pray without ceasing” (NKJV)  in 1 Thessalonians 5:17.  There are lots of ways to do this.  Many speak and practice the concept of ‘breath prayers’–simple 1-2 sentence phrases of prayer as they go about their day.  Others are proponents of marking regularly scheduled hours throughout the day with specific prayer topics for each assigned time.  Some people choose to be in a specific location, have a written list of requests, or meet with at least one other person and agree to pray for specific answers to previously determined needs.  Some choose silent prayers while others prefer voices lifted out loud or in accompaniment to music.

Regardless of our prayer method of choice, we’re making a deliberate attempt to communicate with God.  That’s an important part of any on-going relationship:  communication.  And yet, I wonder, what are we holding back?  What holds us back?  It’s not as if God isn’t aware of who we are and what we need–Scripture is very plain about this.  All I know is that for every person I meet, I’m absolutely certain that there is at least one thing that they’ve given thought to that they haven’t brought up before God.  Why is that?  If it is important enough to spend time thinking about, isn’t it the least we can do to ask God what HE thinks about it?

As for me, I’m determined to be completely and deliberately transparent before God.  He already knows what I’m thinking and why.  Should I try to hide it in our conversations? in my prayers?  Sounds a bit silly when you think about it, doesn’t it?…this trying to hide from an Omniscient, Omnipresent, and Omnipotent God?  Perhaps it is that last little of illusion of control that we’d like to think we still possess.  He loves me–and you!–enough to send His Son to die for our sins, so it simply isn’t possible that whatever we’re spending time on will shock Him into rescinding His gift…and as for our ridiculous notions of control…well…that’s a joke.

So, practically speaking, we need to fly to him–RUN!–to Him today in our prayers!  We need to share those secret sins and sorrows, our goals, our requests, the concerns and needs of others…and yes, the things we’re afraid of and the dreams that we haven’t yet shared with anyone else.  Don’t wait any longer to build on and strengthen your relationship with the God of the universe–the One Who Loves YOU BEST!  Fly to Him in prayer today!  I promise you, it will make that “some glad morning” even sweeter!