DayBreaks for 5/01/19: Connecting to a Disconnected God
From the DayBreaks archive: April 2009
In March of this year, Reuters carried a story about a Dutch artist by the name of Johan van der Dong who decided God needed a telephone number and so he got Him one – a cell phone, in fact -to show that God was “available anywhere and anytime.”
“In earlier times you would go to a church to say a prayer,” Dong said in an interview, “and now [this is an] opportunity to just make a phone call and say your prayer in a modern way.”
What was the response? It seems a lot of people appreciated what van der Dong did for them with the so-called “divine hotline.” In just one week, over 1,000 people had called the cell number and left God a message.
On one hand, it’s pretty intriguing and exciting to know that over 1,000 people got the number in just one week and wanted to connect to God. However, I can’t help but wonder how the people felt once they made the “connection.” You see, when they called the number van der Dong set up for God, this is what they heard on the other side of the line: “This is the voice of God. I am not able to speak to you at the moment, but please leave a message.” Now, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t exactly give me a warm and fuzzy concept of a God who is supposed to be “available anywhere and anytime.” Van der Dong plans on keeping the cell phone number active for only six months.
So, what has van der Dong accomplished? Not much. It was mostly a gimmick, perhaps even a mockery. All he did was connect people to an altogether disconnected God. He is not connecting people to the real God. God doesn’t need a phone line (cell or land-line), He doesn’t have an answering machine because He’s too busy managing supernova’s somewhere in deep space, and He is never, ever disconnected from the prayers of His people.
When you pray, what is your attitude? Do you really understand the power to whom you are speaking? Do you comprehend that prayer is not something to be thrown off casually like a flippant, off-hand string of comments and requests, but rather a connection with the only True and Living God? God is not to be trifled with, but He longs for communication from the heart, and He will never be too busy to put you on hold.
Prayer: What a privilege and blessing it is to be able to talk directly to You, most glorious and exalted God and Father! May we approach Your throne in humility, but boldly, in confidence that we have Your ear and attention at any time of the day or night for as long as we shall live! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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