04.24.2018 | by Michaela Langlais, Director of Family Ministry
I have a love-hate relationship with ‘Alexa.’ She doesn’t always take direction well and we miscommunicate with each other often. I tell her to connect to my iPhone, she responds by connecting to Tom’s iPad. If I tell her to disconnect, she tells me she’s not connected to anything. When I ask her a question, she responds to me saying she doesn’t understand my question. I find myself getting frustrated and respond back to her as if she’s a real person. Don’t get me wrong, she’s brought smiles and laughs to me as well. She has some good jokes such as, ‘Why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side.’ My kind of silly humor. Or another good one is, “What do you call a potato with glasses? A spectator.” Haha. There is just something good about simple humor – so she and I laugh together.
Relationships With God
I thought about my prayer life with God the other day. So often I pop up little requests here and there to God. God will you please work this situation out in my favor? Or God please protect me. God my husband was wrong, will you help him to see he was wrong? And the list goes on.
I also respond to God when He doesn’t answer my prayers the way I prayed them. God I didn’t say I wanted the situation to work out that way! God protecting means never having to experience any pain. God I am not wrong and do not have to ask for forgiveness. I know it sounds harsh but if we are all honest, our prayers sometimes really sound this way.
It reminds me of how I communicate with ‘Alexa.’ Do this and do that. No ‘Alexa’ I didn’t mean that. Wait, I said do this. No I don’t want you to play that song. What are you doing ‘Alexa?’ I really do have a hard time with ‘Alexa’ some days but that is another issue I may need to address. ‘Alexa’ and I need to work on our relationship but it will never be as deep because she is not capable. She is not God.
God Is Not ‘Alexa’
I know this seems straight forward and obvious. But if we were to really examine our prayer life and our relationship with God, do we treat Him as if He is ‘Alexa?’ Do this and do that. I want it this way. Don’t connect with me unless I first ask you to connect. I didn’t want it that way God so I am not listening to what you have to say. I am going to do it my own way anyway.
The Bible show us how to communicate with God. In Matthew 6:9 it says;
“This, then, is how you should pray:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,your will be done,on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'” [b]
This prayer shows a relationship with the Father based on submitting to Him and His will. It is one based on Him
giving us what we need and His will being done here as it is in Heaven. It does not teach us to have a one way relationship with Him or to request to have our way. It’s about communicating in a way that honors Him and shows we are submitted to His will and we trust for His provision however that may look. Showing that we know He will deliver us from evil and He will forgive us when we have a relationship with Him and place our faith in Jesus.
It shows a relationship and good communication.
Next time I pray I hope I remember my own words and remember God is God. We have a living, beautiful relationship. He’s not artificial or unreal. He hears me and understands my heart. He is worth submitting to and knows what is best. He’s not Alexa. He is so much better!
Also, Alexa and I have some work to do…