The Essentials

“Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). I love this statement concerning Enoch…he “walked with God”! In the Bible the word walk is associated with how we live. When you think about it, every day is more of a walk than a sprint or even a jog. We put one step in front of the other and proceed from one thing to another. Prayer is a special part of our walk with God. Sometimes people have asked me questions such as: “How much should I pray each day?” or “What if I don’t have time to sit quietly before God in prayer?” We need to be careful that we don’t approach God like a time clock. He’s not interested in us simply “doing our duty” and getting our prayers out of the way. The longer I live with the Lord, the more I understand prayer as living in relationship with God—not just a segment of time I spend in being still before Him. Please don’t get me wrong. I believe it’s vital to develop quiet time with God. In the morning I set aside time to seek Him in a quiet place. However, when I leave my quiet place, I don’t leave prayer behind. My daily devotionals teach me the importance of prayer being a mindset and fellowship with the Lord throughout the day. Walking with God is a life of companionship with Him, not just a “devotional time.” You can live in a spirit of prayer while doing the dishes, working on the house, or sitting in an office. The Bible is filled with promises for those who acknowledge God in a trusting relationship. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” God delights in leading His children into His paths. Our responsibility is simply to walk with Him in a state of constant “communion,” breathing out prayers and praises to Him as we walk around. Jesus told us the Father is looking for those who will worship in “spirit and truth” (John 4:23). God is searching for people who allow themselves to be real with Him. This Pastor’s Pen may seem quite elementary, but be careful that you don’t skip over the essentials and major in the small details of life. Love the Lord and walk with Him!

Pastor Mark Boucher