EDI­TOR’S IN­TRO­DUC­TION god’s in­vi­ta­tion

Activated - - NEWS - Sa­muel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor

In work­ing on this is­sue of Activated, I came across this great quote: “Re­la­tion­ship with God isn't about what you do, how you do it, or where you do it—it's about know­ing who God re­ally is.”

Even Jesus' dis­ci­ples strug­gled with re­ally know­ing God. One day when they were ob­serv­ing Jesus while He prayed, they no­ticed how He spoke to God in­ti­mately. They wanted to have that same con­nec­tion, so they asked Jesus to tell them His se­cret.

Jesus replied by teach­ing them the Lord's Prayer and fol­lowed up on that with some fur­ther in­sight: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For ev­ery­one who asks re­ceives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

1 Of course, this doesn't mean you can ask for any­thing you want and it will be granted to you. The Bible ex­plains how prayer is answered: “We are con­fi­dent that he hears us when­ever we ask for any­thing that pleases him.”

2 God lis­tens to all our con­cerns and re­quests, but we don't al­ways know what's best or see the full pic­ture. But He does, and He an­swers in the ways that will fur­ther His plans for His chil­dren.

Jesus' mes­sage for all of us is that God earnestly de­sires to com­mu­ni­cate with us and spend time with us. Prayer is our con­nec­tion to God and His con­nec­tion with us, and it's im­por­tant to keep those lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion open. If you want God to be your friend in times of trou­ble, be His friend the rest of the time as well by just hav­ing good old-fash­ioned con­ver­sa­tions with Him. That's the topic of this is­sue of Activated. “I, the Lord, in­vite you to come and talk it over.”

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