by Rick Warren — August 8, 2021
From 40 Days of Prayer
“The Lord still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love."
Isaiah 30:18 (TLB)
If you’re away from somebody that you love for a long time, you can’t wait to talk to them. If you have not been close to God, he can’t wait for you to talk to him, because he loves you so much. And he’s always available! He’s got a 24/7 drop-in system. He’s never offline. You can talk to him any moment of the day.
Did you know that every day you go without prayer and spending time with God and his Word, God is waiting for you? You were made for this. You were made to know God and have a relationship with him. The Lord waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. It’s the whole reason you exist!
Some parents know the unique pain of a child that can’t talk for a physical or emotional reason. When you love them but can’t have a conversation with them, that’s a heartache. Others are parents to a child that can talk but won’t. They’ve been shut out of their child’s life. When you long for a phone call that may never come, that’s a heartache too.
That’s the way God feels about you when you don’t talk to him. Do you go days or weeks without sharing your heart, what you’re feeling, and what you need—your doubts and fears, your highs and lows? When you go that long without talking to him, God is thinking, “I created you. I love you. I want a relationship with you. Why do you turn away from me?”
Don’t miss out talking to the God who created you. You weren’t put on this planet to mark things off your to-do list. You were put on this planet to be loved by God and to learn to love him back. You were chosen to be his child. You were formed for his family. You were created for companionship.
God says, “I don’t want your sacrifices—I want your love; I don’t want your offerings—I want you to know me” (Hosea 6:6 TLB).
God is waiting for you to talk to him. Don’t make him wait any longer!