One of the glorious aspects of being an eternal being, secure in my destiny, is that the process of discovery never ends. So while I am in awe every time I’m in any way illuminated to some truth, I have an expectation that there awaits another equally amazing truth, one layer beneath.
I have been thoroughly and wonderfully caught up, meditating on what it means to live my life in the company of God. A transformation has and is taking place where old language is discarded and new language has taken up residence, giving voice to fresh views of “prayer.”
When I draw into the company of God; when I enter the dialogue with Him, I come home. I “do” the whole of my life from that fourth chair, under His sway, in His council, within His stronghold of safety and sanctuary. That place of connectedness utterly transforms every encounter of every day for the whole of my life. The fellowship I have with God thoroughly influences thoughts, actions, intent, emotions, countenance… For me, this is the fullness of what it means to pray. In this scenario, I can and do pray without ceasing.
My experience of being with God intensifies over time. Intimacy deepens. I find I’m freer for Him to move through me because the impediments I erect are fewer. There is a flow of dialogue that I experience very naturally with Him as the moments of any given day unfold. There is an ease to living life “real time” that I have never experienced before, and it’s not because anything is less complex or challenging.
The energy I was accustomed to expending to push against God’s lead, is redirected so that I am actually working in tandem with Him. I’m in “the yoke,” traversing impossible plains, because He is in the weight bearing position, His power coming to bear. In this way, there is no such thing as an impediment. Wherever God would lead, we are able to go.
Striving… that sense of trying to push an impossible weight uphill, disappears. I find I experience a different kind of “tired” these days. Tired used to be weariness, as much from a futile expenditure of precious energy, as it was from truly being in sync with God, working in cooperation with Him. The difference is peace, an inward settledness. Now when I feel a lack of peace it stands in stark contrast to a “new normal.”
There are many ways to talk about prayer. There are many facets to how we communicate with The Triune God, and I am in awe of the breadth of the lay of this land. It’s a huge conversation, which turns out to be a great thing as I sit in God’s company. We have an eternity to talk it through.
By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
~ Psalm 42:8 ~