“Hey there Sarah! Can you connect me to…”
I can hear Andy Griffith saying those words, a big smile on his face when he was looking for Ellie or a serious, concerned look when he was having to make a call to the mayor.
Back then, Sarah, the operator, was needed to make calls. She was there when you picked up the phone, but she had to connect you to whomever it was you were trying to reach. Forget about privacy. That operator knew everybody’s business, whether they wanted her to or not.
She was pulling out this wire and putting it in this spot, and pulling out that wire and connecting it to this other spot. That had to have been quite a job.
But that’s a thing of the past. Now, we can connect straight to the person intended without having to go through another person. A pathway was created and that person was no longer needed.
“And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest’s office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.” (Numbers 3:10)
The sons of Aaron and the Levites were to be priests. A priest had the job of offering the sacrifices to God on behalf of the people. A regular person could not approach God. He had to go through the priest and the proper rituals. It was done that way for 1400 years until one Man changed it all.
Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, fully man and fully God, became our High Priest.
“So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.” (Hebrews 5:5)
He was appointed this position from God, the Father. He became the intercession for us to make our voices heard unto the Lord.
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
Jesus connected us to the Father. But He also prepares us to be as priests, offering our lives as a sacrifice to our Lord and Savior.
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)
Because of Christ’s death on the cross, the veil between God and the believer was torn, allowing us to come boldly before His throne!
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)
You have the opportunity right now to have direct communication with God. You do not need “Sarah” to connect you. How? Through the beautiful gift of prayer.
What if I don’t say the right things? So what? What is right? Say what’s on your heart!
What if I get distracted? Everyone does. Refocus and keep talking. Just like you do with your friends! You can go down a rabbit hole with your story and then bring it back. God understands.
How do I pray? We bow our heads in submission and recognition to His authority. We close our eyes to keep away all distractions that can be seen. And we simply talk to Him. Jesus instructed His disciples to pray by acknowledging who God was (Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name). So, give Him praise for who He is! Jesus also instructed that it’s God’s will that takes precedence over ours (Thy will be done). He reminded them that God supplies all of our needs and forgives us of our sins and we should thank Him (Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as well forgive those who trespass us). Jesus also told them that God is our deliverer, He will fight for you, He has redeemed you and you are His child (lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil).
So, praise Him! Confess your sins to Him and beg for His forgiveness. Pour out your heart to Him and put His will above your very own.
Connect with God today!