How Do I Get God's Attention?
President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a National Fast Day on April 30, 1863. According to Lincoln, the day would be set aside "to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness." He believed that the Lord only blessed those nations that stood for God. In short, President Lincoln was looking to get God's attention.
In the Bible, the Wise Men traveled many miles to reach Bethlehem in time for that very special birth. Moses climbed Mount Sinai and God spoke to him through the burning bush. After surviving the Great Flood, Noah built an altar of sacrifice to God. The Wise Men, Moses and Noah were all trying to speak to their Heavenly Father.
So how do I get God’s attention? Do I need to cross vast deserts, climb a mountain, or build an altar? None of the above.
Yes, there are some Christians who fast often, pray for hours, go on spiritual retreats, even take vows of silence. Do they have God on speed-dial, or have heavenly VIP privileges? No, we all equally have God's ear.
Galatians 3:26-28 (KJV) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Once Christ came to Earth and paid for all our sins, He became our altar. We need no other. Believers can speak to Him freely, through prayer, wherever we are. I'm not saying that fasting, Bible study and other things are unnecessary; they all promote intimacy with the Savior. You don't need to do any spiritual gymnastics, though, to get God's attention. He loves you so much. Just start the conversation.
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"We sometimes fear to bring our troubles to God, because they must seem so small to Him who sitteth on the circle of the earth. But if they are large enough to vex and endanger our welfare, they are large enough to touch His heart of love. "--Reuben Archer Torrey, American evangelist (1856-1928)