Coffee with God

11:41:00 AM

I stole this from my youth group's blog but the picture has been seared in my mind for weeks now because I related to it so much. I literally read it at a time when I was whining in my heart because I always had to rush out of the house after dinner and never got to sit around and drink coffee and tea with my parents and siblings and legit that's probably one of my most longed for moments of the day...but alas, those times are becoming more few and far between, but I'm thankful for when I get them nonetheless...but if you can at all relate to that you will be very blessed by this next excerpt:

“Our best times together as a family are at dinner.  At home after a meal, we push our dishes aside and linger together over coffee or hot chocolate.  We have no particular agenda; we simply enjoy one another.  Listening, talking and laughing.  If you experience the same thing with good friends or family, you know it is a little touch of heaven.

 When Jesus describes the intimacy He wants with us, He talks about joining us for dinner.  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.”  (Revelation 3:20)
 A praying life feels like our family mealtimes because prayer is all about relationship.  It’s intimate and hints at eternity.  We don’t think about communication or words but about whom we are talking with.  Prayer is simply the medium through which we experience and connect to God.
Oddly enough, many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God.  Making prayer the center is like making conversation the center of a family mealtime.  In prayer, focusing on the conversation is like trying to drive while looking at the windshield instead of through it.  It freezes us, making us unsure of where to go.  Conversation is only the vehicle through which we experience one another.  Consequently, prayer is not the center of this book.  Getting to know a person, God, is the center.”
 From “A Praying Life” by Paul E. Miller
photo courtesy of sarah leub 

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