[CF Devotionals] 2013-01-16 - No Confirmation Number Needed

I was recently dealing with a consumer agency, in which you have to go through steps (or hoops!) to get to the eventual help for your problem. First, the lower-level tech help has to weed out your problem as a simple one, by asking you standard questions (which you may have to answer several times). Then if you pass that hurdle, they will give you a "confirmation" number, before you can access the assistance of the higher-level folks. While I was on what seemed like an interminable hold (in which I accomplished all manner of tasks, in order to be a good steward of tiem), the thought occurred to me, "isn't it a good thing we don't have to have a confirmation number to speak with God?" We have direct access to him. We don't have to go through anyone else, and we can speak to him 24/7 with no $199 fees!

We don't have to wait until a revival or church service, nor go into a booth, to confess our sins and be forgiven. We don't have to pray in any certain posture, or at a particular time of day or place. There are no such restrictions; all we need do, is pray repentantly:

1 John 1:9 (NKJV) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

And we can converse with him at any location, for He is always with us:

Psalm 139: 7-10 (NKJV)

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into Heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold,
You are there.

If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.

In fact, we are not to make public "shows" of our conversations with God. Of course, there is nothing wrong with praying publicly when asked at church; in fact, public worship is a Biblical part of being a Christ - follower. But private, individual prayers are important, too.

Matthew 6:6 (NKJV) But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have
shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father
who sees in secret will reward you openly.

We can pray in our bedroom, our Living Room, in the shower, in the garden, on the front porch, as we wait at the doctor's office, wherever we are, with no intermediary. Aren't you glad we don't need a confirmation number, or have any delays, when we need to talk with God?

Jan

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