Featured in the October, 2010 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
When do you pray? You pray when you have lost your job. You pray when you are served divorce papers. You pray when Grandpa is dying. When the doctor tells you have cancer, that is when you pray. When you find out your son is on drugs or your teen daughter is pregnant, then you pray. You pray when there is no money for the mortgage payment.
When any crisis hits, it is a time to pray! But God is not 911.
God is not a department, but a Person. The Father is a Person, Jesus Christ the Son is a Person and the Holy Spirit is a Person. The smoke is filling your house, you dial 911 and you do not need to know who the firemen are. They’re skilled and they’ll come to help you. But God is a Person and you need to know Him before you call Him. So Who is God?
God is the Creator (Genesis 1:1) and because He is the Creator He is also the Owner as it says in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
If you thought your house, your clothes were yours then you missed it. Everything belongs to God and you are only the trustee or the manager and therefore, accountable to Him. If you are thinking and living as though these are your possessions, then you are at odds with God and in no position to make any requests of Him in time of emergency.
God is Holy as the seraphs sang, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty” (Isaiah 6:3). We are sinful (Romans 3:23) and far more sinful than we thought. For the Word of God describes us as “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9).
Before we burst into God’s presence with our emergency request, we need to have our sinfulness cared for. God recognizing our moral wretchedness sent Jesus Christ, His Son, to be our Savior. Jesus Christ, having mercy upon us “died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3), so that repenting of our sin and receiving Him as Savior, we could be spiritually born into God’s family as it says in John 1:12, “To all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God”.
Now, being spiritually born into God’s family you have a relationship with the Father.
This relationship exists not only in time of crisis, but continually.
God is not some anonymous higher power to be called upon only in time of disaster. He is not 911. However, when you are part of His family, you have a continuing relationship and can expect to receive help in time of need.