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Late last year, I was present at a private party being attended by Bon Jovi. I grew up hearing his music on the radio, though I wouldn’t consider myself a “fan.” Still, in spite of not being a proper fan of Bon Jovi, there was a part of me that was thinking about how interesting it was to be in the presence of Bon Jovi, wondering how many people have been at a private party with a celebrity. And then as I was pondering this, That Voice spoke up, That Voice that is so much smarter and wiser than I am, that sees the world as it is (or should be). That Voice said “So what if you’re in the presence of Bon Jovi. You’re in the presence of the Creator of the Universe all the time.”

…sigh… “Yes. Yes, you’re right.”

How easy it becomes to think that because God is part of our ordinary, everyday life, then He is also ordinary.

One of the points of the experiment is to be so acquainted with prayer that it becomes a habit, and yet this kind of habit should never become thoughtless. This isn’t a habit to be performed automatically, like a worker in a manufacturing facility, cranking out copy after copy of the same fake plastic product. Our prayers need to be the work of an artisan who loves his craft, who is attentive to the joy of creating, or maybe more like a child who scribbles works of childish art for the joy of presenting.

Like that child, the thrill or satisfaction is not in what we are creating and presenting, but in the One to whom we present our prayers. It is a wonder that we get to lift prayers up to Him at all. We don’t even know how to pray, but amazingly, the Spirit intercedes on our behalf, taking our fumbling scrawls and translating them into masterpieces worthy of our God.

Do you remember that it didn’t even have to be this way? Do you realize that when we rebelled, God would not have been overstepping His bounds if He had decided to abandon us altogether, or destroy us? Do you realize that God doesn’t need you, and then in the same moment realize that God loves you like you can’t begin to dream, and delights in you?

Do you remember who God is?

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?” -Exodus 15:11

“…the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God.” -Deuteronomy 7:21

“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him!” -Psalm 33:8

It is amazing, dumbfounding, awe-inspiring, humbling, mind-blowing, that this God allows us to be on a conversational basis with Him, that He happily listens to our prayers, that He responds to them. You are in His presence. When you pray, remember the One to whom you pray.