O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my body longs for you;in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have a 365 day New Testament in my car. I also have two devotional apps on my cell phone. And I have Christian books scattered about my house – in the kitchen, by my bed, and even in the bathroom. All so that if I have a minute or two here or there, I can open up any one of those things and read about God and spend a little time with Him.
But some days that is about all my relationship with God consists of. I read a little here or there. I shoot up some power prayers in the car or while I am cooking dinner. And I completely neglect to spend any actual time with God.
It is one of the many challenges of modern Christianity. We have so many resources at our disposal, so many things that make it easier for us to stay connected to God, and yet somehow it is harder for us to do so. All the things that are supposed to make our lives easier often leave us instead distracted and disconnected.
And it will be worse for our children, as the technology and the world changes. But I don’t want my children to live mediocre lives with mediocre faiths, distracted and distant from God. I want them to walk closely with Him. I want God to draw my children to Him.
So one of the things I pray often for my children is that as they grow God will capture their hearts. But I have also begun praying that not only will they love God, but that one day they will, from a place deep in their souls, thirst for Him and long for Him. And I pray that they earnestly seek Him and follow Him all the days of their lives.