Clement of Alexandria said that “prayer is keeping company with God.”
James Houston has written, “tell me who is your God and I will tell you how you pray.”
Who is Our God?
The last verses of Ephesians 2 paint a picture of the God I want to know.
Ephesians 2.17-22 – So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.
So then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone;
In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
Before we ever take a step in God’s direction, he moved toward us. Through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, God has given us access to the Father.
He has made us fellow citizens within the household of God.
God has so constructed our lives that we are a dwelling place for God.
This was God’s plan from the beginning: “He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1.5).
The gift of access to the Father came at an enormous expense. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us” (Ephesians 1.7-8).
This is the God to whom we pray.
— Ephesians 2.4-5 – [He] is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.
— Ephesians 2.6-7 – [He has] raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
The One who “built [us] together spiritually into a dwelling place for God” (verse 22) invites us to keep company with him.
Keeping Company with God
If prayer is as Clement of Alexandria described as “keeping company with God,” then how shall we proceed?
If you are reading these blog articles, I expect you have a plan for daily meeting with God.
If you don’t have a plan, here are some basic suggestions.
(1) Find a place and a time where you can meet with your loving Lord.
(2) Use your Bible to listen to what the Lord may be saying to you.
I don’t recommend picking random Bible passages. Choose a book of the Bible and read it in the order in which it was written.
Spiritual giants read one of the Gospels on a daily basis. I follow their example and have found it to be very helpful.
(3) Richard Foster recommends drinking a cup of coffee or tea during your prayer time. Time your meeting with the Lord to how long it takes to finish your cup. I think this is a good place to begin.
(4) Whatever you do, find a time to experience the joy of meeting with the Greatest Being of All.
YouTube Video and Prayer
Rudy Ross and I have produced a YouTube video on this subject. You will enjoy Rudy’s thoughts on this passage. The video can be found on the Bob Spradling channel.
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