The word technology today can mean many different things based on the context of the discussion. It could be a new piece of hardware, a mobile device, or perhaps a new app or a server farm. Much of technology, especially software is about data and access to data. Once you have the data, it can be directed in many different ways. You can report on data, mine data, manipulate data, display data and so on. In the background of the fancy apps and websites so many of us love, is a network of applications, servers and databases that are the lifeblood of any front end technological display.
Data is stored in a database and is accessed by applications to utilize the data. We have all used websites where we need to register and create an account with a username and password. It is much the same with access to data in a database. Without proper access and communication, the data and technology is useless.
In order to communicate with a database, both access and a special language called SQL (Structured Query Language) are needed. SQL was created to shield the database programmer from understanding the specifics of how data is physically stored in each database management system and also to provide a universal foundation for updating, creating and extracting data from a database.
Needless to say access to and use of data can get very complex and cost millions of dollars. I am so very thankful that access to our God is much less complex. Instead of having to use a specialized language like SQL to communicate with God, he has blessed us with prayer!
Prayer is personal communication with God. Effective prayers are made possible because we have a mediator, Jesus Christ! Because we are sinful and God is holy we need a mediator to come into God’s presence. We need Jesus to come between us and God and to bring us into God’s presence. Scripture is quite clear on this and teaches, “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” .
One of the most important requests recorded in the Bible is found in
“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread.Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ” It is interesting to note that the disciple called Jesus “Lord” to acknowledge His Lordship over all of life – including prayer. This means that we must submit to what the Bible teaches on prayer. We must not “lean on your own understanding” ().
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
If Jesus is not the undisputed Lord of your life, if sin and the cares of this world are blocking this, then you will never have a true prayer life. John reminds Christians of their loyalty to Jesus “We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. Dear children, keep yourselves from idols” (). As God reveals himself in his Son, his zeal for exclusive worship demands that we come to God through Jesus, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” ().
In prayer we don’t need to remember a username and password or use a specialized language to communicate with God! Praise God for Jesus! Because of Jesus we have access to God and we can communicate to our gracious Father through prayer. We need to be men and women of prayer because extended times in prayer deepen our personal walk with God; revitalizing your life and the life of our church.
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (ESV)
11:1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” 2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say:
“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.” (ESV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (ESV)
12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (ESV)
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)