I read a study from Network World from back in 2016 that shows how obsessed we are with our phones. The study showed that people either click, tap, or swipe on their phones at least 5,427 times in a day.
Wow! That number comes from the top 10 percent of phone users. Those who don’t use their phones as much, on average, touch their phones 2,617 times a day. Still a big number of times people touch their
phones. There was some software installed on Android devices that showed that the heaviest of phone users are touching their phones a couple million times in one year. 41 percent of the people said, “They probably won’t change the way they use their phones.”
We are addicted to our phones. We either get on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, check email, etc., but how many taps, touches, swipes, or clicks are taking place between us and God in a day? How connected are we to God? How often or how frequently are we reaching out to God? I think most of us are guilty of playing on our phones more than we reach out to God. God wants us to draw near to Him.
James 4:7-8 teaches us, “7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
A connected heart communicates with God in prayer. An important part of our connection with God is through prayer. The Bible tells us about prayer. We know Jesus prayed to His Father as we
saw earlier. Paul teaches us to pray without ceasing or to pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We are told to continue steadfastly in prayer (Colossians 4:2).
We are told to pray in the spirit on all occasions (Ephesians 6:18). Our prayer should be to let His light shine in and through us so others can see our awesome God. Like the song Father God, may my steps be worship, may my thoughts be praise, and may my words bring honor to your name! What a blessing it is we can go to God in prayer, and He hears us!
A connected heart reads God's Word. This is a desire that we should daily want. We should want to
continually hear from Him and have a steady diet of His Word. The Bible talks about meditating on scripture day and night (Psalm 1:2). Jesus tells us that He is the vine, and we are the branches.
As the branches, we are to abide or remain in Him (John 15).
We are told to put into practice what we have learned (Philippians 4:9). The only way we put into practice what God is telling us is through His Word. Those who abide or remain in Him, will men and women of the Good Book. We will treat God’s Word as a valuable treasure. God’s Word is powerful. God’s Word can help us as we live from day to day.
C.H. Spurgeon, once said, “A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” If we are in God’s Word, we will have hearts and lives that are connected to Him. When we are connected to the Vine
as His branches, our lives won’t fall apart, but will be strong in Him.
A connected heart worships God. We come together to remember what Jesus did for us in the Lord’s
Supper. We can pray to Him. We devote ourselves to the reading of God’s Word. We sing praises to His wonderful name. We sing and encourage one another as well.
What a blessing we can come and worship. After we leave here, our lives should change. In Matthew 17, Jesus was transfigured. His face was as bright as the sun, and His clothes became white as the light.
He was in God’s presence because a voice from Heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” Before God, Jesus’ face changed. Moses, after speaking to God, his face was
radiant (Exodus 34).
When we come before God with humbled hearts, He can do His work on us. He can transform us. A change should occur in our lives after spending time with God. I truly believe that. From day to day, we are to be transformed and not to conform. Our spiritual worship is to live a holy life from day to day (Romans 12:1-2). A life that is connected to God will seek to worship God in spirit and truth. A connected heart will love Him, worship Him, and seek to please Him in all that we do.
Let's connect to God through prayer, through study of His Word, and through worship! Let's have a heart like His and let's go to Heaven together!