Friday, August 11, 2006


ISN’T TECHNOLOGY A HOOT? Email can be great, not to mention digital photography, but cell phones, there’s something that’s become very special to me. Allow me to elaborate.

Our daughter Krista is seven time zones away, living in the village of Bogoya in north central Burkina Faso, and yet has happened last Monday I could talk with her about her struggles and joys as if she were across town. It’s great to get mail (both “e” and snail), it’s wonderful to look at pictures posted on her blog, but talking with her, hearing her voice, smiling at her laughter, and suffering with her concerns, that is so much better. The voice can communicate what the written word cannot.

Prayer, that communication with our heavenly Father, is the power of voice. It is not speaking into the air with hopes that it will “hit” something, but it is opening our hearts and sharing with Some One, who can respond. Prayer is powerful. Consider some of its benefits:

It’s personal. It is a personal encounter with a personal God.

It’s presence. It is our opportunity to enter into the very presence of the sovereign God of all eternity. And it is a place in which He welcomes us to come often.

It’s proximity. It is through prayer that I can be where others are, even if separated by seven time zones and thousands of miles. It is through prayer that I can walk with others even if I cannot be physically present.

It’s power. Not my power, but God’s. Through prayer I am able to join my heart with the heart of Him who holds all creation in the palm of His hand.

It’s peace. Through prayer I can experience the peace that surpasses my ability to understand.

Voice is a powerful thing, and even more so when joined with the Voice of God. So, let us pray

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