I was reading from Richard Foster’s book entitled Celebration of Discipline today and I found myself in the chapter devoted to prayer. I was eager to read this chapter because (to be honest) my time with God has been rather stale lately… perhaps you can relate.
The author is discussing the posture in which the Lord wants us to pray. He writes “But Jesus taught us to come like children to a father. Openness, honesty, and trust mark the communication of children with their father.”
He continues by writing “Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the father.”
Of course, this is nothing revolutionary or ground-breaking, but when was the last time you acknowledged that Christ is within reach? Here’s the part that really hit me…
“Since we know that Jesus is always with us, let’s imagine that he is sitting over in the chair across from us. He is waiting patiently for us to center our attention on him.”
Take a moment to recognize this reality and turn your focus toward your Father.