I don't have to wait for God to "show up" and I never have to "enter His Presence" or pull Him through the roof. He's always HERE...in me, above me, below me, and beside me...extending beyond what the universe can contain.
I don't need to take a pilgrimage or worry about special buildings. I worship Him in Spirit and in Truth! My body is His Temple! I'm also a precious, lively stone in His corporate Temple...not made with hands!
I don't have to get Him to Love, Value, Cherish, or Accept me. He always has and always will.
I don't have to get Him to speak.
I must simply rest and listen to what He's saying vs. trying to conjure up what I want to hear. If the melody that I'm hearing isn't accompanied by a harmony that screams, "Abba (DADDY), Father!", "You Belong!", "You, My Beloved son, are Deeply and Infinitely Loved, Perfectly Accepted, and Highly Favored!", I'm either not hearing Him or my partial hearing has tuned out the most important frequency.
He can't possibly Love me any more or less than He does at this moment. God is Love!
While I desire to be sensitive to His guidance, I don't have to be paranoid about being at the right place at the right time with the right people. The right Person dwells in me and Loves every person in every place. I have simply been given the privilege to let Him Love them through me as He directs.
My prayers have nothing to do with conjuring up a distant deity and begging Him for stuff or to do stuff. I simply get to participate in the perpetual conversation of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I don't have to worry about titles or the praises of men. He calls me His son! His delight and affirmation are more than enough!
American politicians have done a bang-up job of dividing the church into its own separate "either/or" puppet factions instead of being a powerful "BOTH/AND" voice of the Lord. A prime example of REAL progress would be a united church which stands for the Sanctity of Human Life AND Justice for All. As long as we are fooled into believing that we must "choose a side", we will continue to represent a pathetic shell of who we truly are!
The system wants people to stereotype, label, marginalize, dehumanize, and demonize each other. It's a very effective way to divide, conquer, control and profit. Our Facebook news feeds are plagued with this deadly venom each and every day.
Meanwhile, Our Loving Father desires for us to interview (The Greek definition for "Intercede") Him on behalf of others, see them through His Eyes, pray properly, and LOVE them accordingly! This includes LOVING those who disagree with us and those who hate us. LOVING those who are blinded to HIS BEAUTY and THEIR OWN is Christianity 101!
2 Corinthians 5:16 (RSV) "From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once regarded Christ from a human point of view, we regard him thus no longer."
Please remember this when Facebook presents you with their favorite "TRIGGER" words today...to include the names of politicians and people groups whom you dislike...or have even "grown" to hate.