The other morning, I was driving to work, observing the HUGE harvest moon in the sky and thanking God for my life. My truck has always been my sanctuary…a safe place to vent, sing, laugh and pray to God out loud. Yep, I’m that guy driving down the road looking all schizophrenic and goofy. Gotta love it.
As I was chatting with God, something funny happened…I suddenly said something like, “I love you Bro!” I caught myself and said out loud, “sorry God, I didn’t mean to call you Bro!” Then I said, “wait, you ARE my bro AND my dad AND my friend AND my God!” The truth is, He’s everything to me, so how I addressed Him was super fitting and I’m pretty sure He was cool with that.
Sometimes, it almost seems irreverent to address or approach God in a casual way, doesn’t it?! Almost like He won’t converse with us if we don’t start the conversation with “Dear Lord of the universe” or “Dear God” or “Thou Father who art in heaven.” I think that’s where we’ve got it wrong.
Please don’t misunderstand me…approaching God in a “formal” way is totally ok and I’m sure He respects that too. I just think people make communication with our Savior too intimidating and too planned.
Here’s the thing, God ALREADY knows our hearts and intentions before we approach Him. Because of this, I really believe that He wants us to chat with Him like a buddy, like somebody we can trust, like a dad. He wants relationship and hates those stupid hoops that we so enjoy jumping through. Seriously.
As a dad, I would hate it if my sons approached me formally all the time…talking to me like, “Dear father, I would like to discuss an issue pertaining to our relationship.” I would so much rather they approach me like, “Hey dad, we need to talk because I’m super frustrated and mad right now!” Now that’s genuine, truthful conversation and I think God wants us to approach him with the same honesty and candidness. It’s a beautiful thing really.
So next time you’re praying, or soaking in His presence, I challenge you to just relax. I challenge you to not worry about the “appropriate” way, time and place to talk to God. I challenge you to unload your frustrations and fears on Him with abandon and truthfulness. I’m pretty confident that he can handle anything that we toss His way! He loves you, truly!